LEAR by Edward Bond

Really powerful play! Partially a meditation on themes from Shakespeare’s King Lear, this proposes a radical readjustment to what human beings value. On the surface, it sometimes comes off as crude but there is always more going on than meets the eye and the overall effect is overwhelming. Certain passages are also of immense beauty. In the end, the worst become better and the good become worse and all are doomed to suffer until everyone is willing to chart a new course. Not for the faint of heart, this is a haunting play that will start you thinking about some tough but important subjects. Bond’s preface is also thoughtful and provocative, if a bit old-fashioned on certain points.

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