Christopher Plummer begins performances of 'King Lear'

Christopher Plummer begins performances of 'King Lear'

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Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” so grand in its scope, so dark in its vision, is not a play about a single man. Playing the maddened and maddening title character, Christopher Plummer gives a performance of such purity and truth that it lays instant and entire claim to our hearts and minds; there’s not much compassion left for anyone else, so powerful is our engagement in Lear’s physical and intellectual dissolution amid the harrowing storms of life.

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