Germans love Shakespeare, and his plays are performed more often in Germany than in his home country of Great Britain, per the New York Times.
But one German artistic director has completely turned the Bard’s “King Lear” upside down this season.
The action for the play is set inside a huge white cube that is tilted toward the audience. Some of the action is streamlined, and the cast has been narrowed to 10 speaking roles.
King Lear’s daughters Goneril and Regan are played by men and Gloucester’s illegitimate son, Edmund, is played by a woman.
The actress who plays Cordelia is the cast’s only woman besides the woman who plays Edmund, and also plays the Fool.
The play also includes “ample nudity,” according to the Times, spraying with a hose and several eggs cracked on Lear’s skull.
The artistic director also added an epilogue spoken by Edgar, who spends much of the evening naked and coated in white paint.
If you’re ready to experience German culture in a gentler way, consider a trip to Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano. No one will crack eggs on your head, although you might enjoy trying some traditional egg noodles.
You can be assured that you will have a pleasant evening enjoying the warm atmosphere at the restaurant — no sterile white cubes here — and the service will be congenial.
If you want to experience a theater production, you can do that in Pompano, too. Check out the schedule for the Curtain Call Playhouse here. Coming up in December and January is the Playhouse’s production of The Goodbye Girl. Stop by Checkers Old Munchen for a bite to eat before or after you visit the theater.Read More