I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm not an idiot. Neither are the three friends I attended with. Heck, I even have a degree in English. However, the trip to see King Lear at Center Stage ended in disappointment. We left at intermission today. At least 50 percent of the play sailed right over our collective heads. I just couldn't follow the damn thing. I got the three daughters thing, but then there seemed to be a separate storyline that I couldn't follow at all. Then the two stories intermingled and I was completely lost. Admittedly, I was tired, but, also, I just don't think Shakespeare is that accessible to the common folk. Like me. Intermission came, mercifully, and we all left.
A good reminder that I need to read the damn Shakespeare play before I go see it performed. If it were any number of plays I had read before, I think I would have been fine. I would have loved to have seen Romeo and Juliet, which I haven't seen since I started teaching it. Macbeth would have been awesome. But King Lear was a complete bust.
That's two disappointing Center Stage productions in a row. This one was probably more my fault than theirs, but the last one (the silly Voysey Inheritance, also about old British people) from the previous season was also a flop in my eyes. Here's hoping that the next production rises to the level Permanent Collection or Elmira's Kitchen, two of the most powerful theater experiences I've ever had.
I'm going to be spending a weekend in NYC at the end of the month, and am deciding what show I want to see while I'm there. Erin and I will be china-bussing it up there and staying with our college friend who lives a few blocks from Broadway. This is the time when all my readers with connections with the NYC theater scene give me advice about what I should go see. Or send me free tickets or something. I've never seen a Broadway musical, and really want to see a famous one, like Rent, Wicked, or The Lion King, for my first one. However, I'd have to go alone. I also sort of want to see Hairspray. Not that I need to see a musical. I "only" saw a play last time - August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean - and was very happy with that, so maybe I'll do that again. I will probably go to the half off place and see what I can get. Last time I was there, I just missed getting a Rent ticket for $50 there, but had to run across the street to the ATM, and when I returned, it was gone.
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