Joshua Rich
March 12, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

King Lear

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
James Earl Jones, Raul Julia, Paul Sorvino
director
Edwin Sherin

We gave it a B

Looking like Albus Dumbledore gone haywire, Christopher Plummer embodies the aged charm and seismic ferocity of Shakespeare’s tragic monarch, shifting from an endearing old lug to a bedeviled loon to a pitiable fool over the course of this three-hour-plus show. Supported by a fine cast (including Brent Carver as the heroic Edgar and James Blendick as the sympathetic Gloucester), all richly attired in Clare Mitchell’s meticulous Elizabethan costumes, Plummer truly carries a thoroughly solid — but solidly unspectacular — production. (TC)

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