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Young Jean Lee's risky, intriguing riff on 'Lear' at City Garage

Young Jean Lee's risky, intriguing riff on 'Lear' at City Garage

At the outset of “Lear,” now receiving an austerely lunatic West Coast premiere at City Garage, a projected PBS-style host drolly relates the narrative of William Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy, up to Lear’s banishment and Gloucester’s blinding.

“Our show begins roughly at this point in the story,” the host (Trace Taylor) continues. “Nothing else that happens in Shakespeare’s text is necessarily relevant to what you are about to see.” This, as it turns out, is a considerable understatement.

Playwright Young Jean Lee’s 2009 dissection of the motives and...

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