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King Lear (What Dreams May Co.)

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

What Dreams May Co. and Queens Shakespeare present Shakespeare's great tragedy featuring a female Lear, reset in early 20th-century Russia. More…

Director Emily C.A. Snyder reimagines 'Lear' in the last days of Imperial Russia, a world of encroaching cold and darkness, blowing winds, and crashing thunder. An era when class distinctions are brutally enforced in the ever-shifting battle to keep from being left out in the cold. Experiencing this timeless work through this high-stakes lens, audiences are able to find their own reason in madness and wisdom in folly, and perhaps see a bit of their own nature in the shadow of Lear’s looking glass.

Member Reviews (13)


Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious, Absorbing
Avg Score

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if If you want to see a Lear consistent with the 17th century context and audience that Shakespeare for which wrote

Don't see it if If you want to apply 21st century moral values or you think that gender bending the lead will create a "change" in the story or presentation

Good acting, Stage fighting, Clear, Easy to understand

See it if You like Lear and would be interested in seeing a woman in the title role.

Don't see it if You're not a Shakespeare/Lear fan.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in seeing a female King Lear, you like Shakespeare in an intimate theater.

Don't see it if you want a traditional King Lear or a period piece. Some of the acting is very strong, some uneven, but hopefully it'll improve over the run

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if If you must see all presentations of these great works

Don't see it if If mediocre staging and acting disappoint you and shows with no passion bore you then you need to stay away from this show

Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want a new spin on a classic or an intimate indie show that feels like it was mounted by a crew of ambitious, underfunded grad students.

Don't see it if you care about production values, you're a stickler for internal consistency, or you find gender-swapping or doubling of roles confusing.

Also The idea of setting the play in imperial Russia is clever, but it does... Read more Read less

Delightful, Refreshing, Confusing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if A nice production of a classic, reimagined with a female Lear

Don't see it if You want traditional Shakespeare without modernization

Disappointing, Slow, Funny, Lively actors

See it if you deeply enjoy Shakespeare & want a show that almost highlights the same bawdiness Shakespeare would have in his original performances.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare, especially if the play be a bit long, you want something new and resonant.

Also While it's evident the cast has great fun within their characters, som... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Different, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare but don't really understand it. This is a modern take on Lear with a female in the role of king & her daughters.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or only like Shakespeare that stays true to the original.

Great staging, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Innovative

See it if you like Shakespeare, feminist plays that don't feel like they're pushing an agenda, and/or interesting directing.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of genderbent casting, don't care for very small theaters, or maybe have hearing problems (some bits are quite soft).

Also It amazes me how much shifting just a few characters to female, making... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a good cast make the work their own. A clever change of setting that gives the play new meaning.

Don't see it if Your not comfortable with Sheakspeare's text.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like Shakespeare in all its forms and are interested in seeing how a female Lear will play out.

Don't see it if you're expecting the switch to a female Lear to drastically change the meaning of the show for you.

Quirky, Great staging, Funny

See it if You are a Shakespeare buff, know the text and plot by heart, and enjoy seeing any staging of any quality under any conditions.

Don't see it if You are trying to familiarize yourself with Shakespeare's work, and will be encumbered by performers that occasionally mispronounce lines.

Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You're a Shakespeare lover. Even if you aren't. The cast and direction is excellent. Masterfully done.

Don't see it if You hate verse or stuff that isn't commercial and rainbows, or you're a sexist or closed minded person.

Also The cast was so excellent I feel bad not mentioning each and every one... Read more Read less

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