A national leader with cognitive impairment. A dysfunctional family with political power. Concern about caring for an aging parent. Intrigue, war, and death. This new work explores "King Lear" from the Fool’s perspective. More…
"The Fool’s Lear" follows the story of Shakespeare’s "King Lear," from dividing the kingdom between two of his three daughters and banishing the third, only to find himself rejected by the daughters he favored. Joined by the son of an ally, they plot against him as he finds himself wandering the countryside with his companion, the Fool, and what seems to be a homeless person. Lear’s world falls apart as he loses friends, allies, family – in short everything dear to him – while the Fool can only watch.
See it if you like exploring different facets of Shakespeare's canon. There were some stand out performances in the ensemble.
Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare scholar and/or purist. A little clunky in the cuts, but I was definitely intrigued by the interpretation.