King Lear (What Dreams May Co.)
King Lear (What Dreams May Co.)

King Lear (What Dreams May Co.) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(13 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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595 Reviews | 144 Followers
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

103 Reviews | 18 Followers
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. Read more

178 Reviews | 281 Followers
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.

186 Reviews | 37 Followers
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

58 Reviews | 15 Followers
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

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
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. Read more

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
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

26 Reviews | 7 Followers
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). Read more