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Jessica Hecht
With age, the wisdom of staging 'Lear' becomes less clear
With age, the wisdom of staging 'Lear' becomes less clear

Now that baby boomers are reaching their seniority, it's no surprise that there has been a rush on "King Lear." Graying actors of a certain magnitude want their crack at the greatest role left for them while graying audiences are drawn to a subject (the mounting losses wrought by age) that is becoming ever-more terrifyingly familiar. Yet the more I encounter this masterpiece in the theater, the more I'm inclined to go along with a remark of America's chief champion of the Bard, Harold Bloom, who in "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human," concedes: "Our directors and actors are defeated by this play, and I begin sadly to agree with [English...

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