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Hidden Room Theatre Resurrects King Lear
The once-popular but now obscure revision of Shakespeare's play by Nahum Tate is revived, complete with happy ending
" Downtown Austin, Beth Burns and company are resuscitating King Lear. Oh, not the one from your high school..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Arts Feature by Stephanie Carll

The History of King Lear
A long-reviled revision of Shakespeare's tragedy proves fascinating as revived by the Hidden Room Theatre
"...Slap a happy ending on King Lear? Deface this titanic tragedy of Western lit by..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The King is Alive
"...sound intellectual over white wine spritzers. But then, The King Is Alive, and Dogme 95, the set of “rules”..."

June 1, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Lear Jaunt
Matthew Radford explains how a professional British actor wound up playing Lear in a Central Texas barn
"...36 years, has another trio ready for your pleasure: King Lear, As You Like It, and The Two Gentlemen..."

July 28, 2006 Arts Feature by Clayton Maxwell

K.Lear: Straitjacketed Shakespeare
A Denton performance artist straps on a straitjacket to explore madness in Lear
"...anything quite like what Jeff Kaplan is doing with King Lear...."

Aug. 8, 2008 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The Madness of King George
"...former colonists may find themselves rooting for the old king. That's because playwright Bennett has given us a George..."

Feb. 3, 1995 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Kurosawa uses Shakespeare's King Lear as a template, but in Ran Lear's three scheming daughters are sons, and the action is transposed to a mythic, dreamlike, feudal Japan. Like an adrenalized fever dream of ultimate power gone awry, Ran reveals Kurosawa's grasp of visual splendor at its most powerful.
"...doesn't hurt matters, of course, that Kurosawa used Shakespeare's King Lear as a template -- in Ran, Lear's three..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vortex Repertory Company's Storm Still
Gabrielle Reisman's script refashions King Lear into the daughters' story, and the Vortex stages it with admirable heart
"...(Amelia Turner), they act out the story of (surprise!) King Lear...."

Sept. 15, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Billy Bob Thornton plays an Arkansas husband who attempts to redeem himself after critically injuring his wife and killing their son in a car accident four years earlier.
"...the go-to guy when Hollywood needs a profligate or weird-looking Southerner. He’s also the director, writer, and co-star of..."

April 15, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

King Lear
In the Public Domain Theatre Company's production of King Lear, director Robi Polgar and company bring Shakespeare's play into the present with high tech and high fashion, and the smooth execution of the concept create a novel version of this familiar tragedy with a striking proximity to our lives.
"...King Lear: Downfalls of the Rich and Famous..."

March 9, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

TV Eye
Stephen Harrigan cozies up to Shakespeare for a Texas tragedy
"...That timeless Shakespearean tragedy King Lear wears all the great themes of life like..."

May 31, 2002 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

The flashy modern setting takes priority over Shakespeare's text in this update

June 3, 2011 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Poetry in Emotion
Katherine Catmull never intended to pursue a career in acting. In fact, she seriously avoided it for as long as she could, choosing instead to earn her degree in English literature. Why is revealed in this profile of one of Austin's most sophisticated and literate performers.
"...ashen-faced, repetitively pawing at her cheek in an emotionally striking combination of terror and wonder. It was as if..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

The Hidden Room Theatre Is Working With a Presidential Assassin
Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, we reckon you’ll really enjoy the show
"...transtemporal collaboration, of course, and the Ransom Center’s Eric Colleary is partly to blame...."

June 12, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Pleasure of the Paynes 2016
Annual theatre awards think Terminus is the living end
"...Costume Design The History of King Lear, Jenny McNee..."

Oct. 27, 2016 Arts Post

The Substance of Fire
"...brood in an act of bitter willfulness that echoes Lear, and, as with that king, its repercussions are tragic...."

April 25, 1997 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
"...2001; Mr. Sowerberry/Dr. Grimwig, Oliver!, Austin Musical Theatre, 2001; Lear, King Lear, Public Domain, 2001; Banquo, A Macbeth, State,..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Feature

Playing the Bad Guy
With actor David Stahl currently appearing as the wicked Richard III and actor Katherine Catmull having recently played the evil Goneril in King Lear, the challenge of playing villains seemed a ripe topic to launch a series of artist-to-artist conversations on craft.
" partly because of the pleasure of discovering and working with such a remarkable actor. Stahl has since distinguished..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
"...Robi Polgar, King Lear..."

May 18, 2001 Arts Feature

The Way Home
Zach Theatre gives Robert Schenkkan's All the Way its Texas premiere on LBJ's home turf
"...and how important the leadership demonstrated by Martin Luther King and LBJ and others were in changing the story."..."

April 10, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

What'cha Watchin'?
Screengrabs from the Chronicle staff
"...King Lear (Amazon Prime) The original Succession, if not the..."

Oct. 5, 2018 Screens Column by Kimberley Jones

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Taking part in the Critics Table award process this year..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Before EAST? During EAST? Something Other Than EAST?
We totally <3 that East Austin Studio Tour, but hold on a minute
"...5. THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR BY NAHUM TATE Beth Burns and the Hidden..."

Nov. 11, 2015 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Becky's New Car
Steven Dietz's fun comedy may have deeper meaning for viewers of a certain age
"...or other mentioned to me that he was rereading King Lear. "It makes sense to me now in a..."

June 25, 2010 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Sea
" Olafur Haukur Símonarson), suggests a sort of snowbound King Lear – Ágúst is the honest child, the only..."

June 20, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Twentieth Century
"’ll ever come to witnessing "The Great Profile" perform King Lear...."

Jan. 31, 2002 Movie Review by Raoul Hernandez

Memorializing The Public Domain Theatre Company, 1993-2001
" abandoned airplane hangar at Robert Mueller Airport and King Lear at the Blue Theatre, and producing Bingo at..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
"...Man, Raised by Lesbians, Subterranean Theater Co., 2001; Kent, King Lear, Public Domain, 2001; various, Fish, Aunt Lulu Plays,..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Arts Feature

Serious health problems have beset Austin theatre artists Douglas Taylor and Brian Gaston as they are working on upcoming projects.
"...Raised by Lesbians and the Public Domain production of King Lear this year had been in rehearsal for the..."

Sept. 21, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
" venture out of the mainstream and insistence on bucking convention in making theatre while still calling itself theatre...."

April 10, 1998 Arts Feature

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