Ben Brantly of the New York Times on this production:
Yet more than any “Lear” I’ve seen (and nobody knows all the “Lears” I’ve seen), this Theater for a New Audience production gives the impression of talking to — rather than yelling at — its audience. “Come closer,” it seems to say. “Listen carefully. You might just find yourself in what’s being said.” No matter that you and your own kin will never be royals …
… Most crucially, Marcus Doshi’s lighting and Michaël Attias’s sound and music design summon a world in which the senses career between confusion and clarity. A sequence in which the blinded Gloucester stands alone amid the cacophony of battle is exquisite.
And for the fabled storm on the heath, we shift between muddled darkness and sudden, startling brightness. In those precious moments of illumination, we are allowed what feel like flashes of complete understanding, the kind that come to us in dreams and vanish by morning. Mostly, we’re left groping in the shadows, trying to make sense of the people we thought we knew best.
Read the full text of the review here
2014 Henry Hewes Design Award for Lighting Design Nomination
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Arin Arbus
Set Design by Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design by Susan Hilferty
Sound Design & Composition by Michaël Attias
Produced by Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, NY, March 2014
Select Photos by Carol Rosegg