King Lear at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

carousel_1020_547_Lear_r2This is a contemporary and timeless version of King Lear. Directed by OSF artistic director Bill Rauch. Michael Winters and Jack Willis alternate performances as King Lear.

We saw Jack Willis as King Lear, we first saw him last season as LBJ in All the Way. He was very powerful as LBJ and equally so as King Lear.

This is a modern and spare production (at one point Lear watches a flat screen TV)  Lear asks his daughters ” who loves me best ” Cordelia his youngest daughter will not play the game and is banished.  I wanted to see more of Codelia played by Sofia Jean Gomez in her first season at OSF, but she only appears at the beginning and end of the play.

The Thomas Theatre is very intimate and the intensity of the story makes us the audience feel like part of the action in this often gory and emotional play.

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