Critique Of King Lear

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The Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s production of King Lear was an exemplary work of art and was personally enjoyed. It is a show about betrayal, love, and tragedy amongst several different characters. King Lear has proven to be a complex, yet dramatic performance. Even though I already had a basic knowledge of this distinguished Shakespearean play, watching a live performance only improved the brilliance of the play. There are many factors that goes into producing a successful show that helps create a lasting impression on the audience. The actors’ choices on how to play their individual characters, the technicalities of the stage and how the director used the theatre itself, and how effective the rapport is between the actors and audience …show more content…
It was interesting to see what all the sisters were wearing when they were first introduced to the audience. Whether the costume designer, Raven Ong, intended this or not, it is exciting to see that the colors of the three sisters represented their personality. Arlene Bozich, who played Goneril, was wearing a purple dress. This deep dark purple represents that Goneril is a confident character who craves power and nobility. Within the scenes, Bozich represented these colors with her dynamic attitude and utter desire to take her character’s father’s position. Natalia Cuevas, who played Regan, wore a red dress which represents that she is a character who is very passionate and angry. Cuevas produced a fierce and confident demeanor to match with her character’s personality. Kristen Wolfe, who was the loving Cordelia, was, of course, wearing white which symbolizes the pureness of her heart and her character. Even if most of the audience did not pick these symbols out initially, it unconsciously provided a sense of foreshadow of the diverse personalities of who these sisters …show more content…
This is my first exposure to a performance at this level, and it was as excellent as I hoped that it would be. The director’s directions must be relevant and effective, and also the director’s use of technicalities must enhance the audience’s experience without taking too much attention away from the actual play. The actors themselves have to make important acting choices that best reflects their understanding of their characters and their role to the main story. The audience are the main judges, and they give accurate indications as to if a production was successful or not. I believe that this production of King Lear hits each point really well from the intricate details in the costumes and set design to the complex acting styles of the cast. This production continues to uphold the established reputation of a shakespearean

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