Ellen Geer is amazing, a true force of nature! As “Lear,” in a gender-reversed production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “King Lear” currently in repertory at Theatricum Botanicum, Geer shows her force on stage, on rooftops, on a precarious bridge and throughout the hillsides of the Topanga Canyon outdoor venue. She is joined by an outstanding cast including Dane Oliver as Cordelian, Aaron Hendry as Goneril, Christopher W. Jones as Regan, Melora Marshall as the Fool, Willow Geer as Eden, Abby Craden as Igraine, Alan Blumenfeld as the Earl of Glocester and Gerald C. Rivers as the Earl of Kent. Geer and Marshall also teamed up for the brilliant direction of this engaging adaptation.
In Southern California nobody does Shakespeare better than Theatricum Botanicum and “Lear” is a shining example. Wonderful for lovers of the Bard’s tragedies, as well as to introduce new audience members to his enduring genius, this production is a lucid, clear and compelling examination of how “pride goeth before a fall.” Even theatergoers who favor Shakespeare’s comedies and historical plays are bound to enjoy themselves.
Costume Designer Val Miller’s creations are memorable and kudos to Hendry for his fight choreography.
Stellar summer Shakespeare performed outdoors under sheltering trees featuring some the Southland’s most talented actors awaits at Theatricum Botanicum. Go!
“Lear” performs in repertory with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “All’s Well that Ends Well,” and “Much Ado About Nothing” through September 28, 2014. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or visit www.theatricum.com.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley.