What did you think of King Lear?

By May 3, 2019 May 9th, 2019 King Lear

We hope you enjoyed your Quantum experience and we’d love to hear your thoughts on King Lear. Leave a comment below and tell us what you liked, disliked, or anything in particular that may have resonated with you. Thank you for your feedback.

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  • Joe Beiro says:

    I believe that this is one of Quantum’s most interesting productions. The Carrie Blast Furnace setting for Lear is a brilliant idea. The location elicits emotions both relevant to and apart from Lear. The dual stages, from grandiose to intimate is evocative and appropriate.

    I do have an observation re sound design. While much of the use of wireless mics was effective and appropriate, I found t use of reverse directionality when an actor is facing stage right or stage left, while it does keep dialogue generally audible, sometimes (& I feel, too often) misleads your eyes as to which actor is speaking the dialogue. This is an unfortunate, and I am certain, an unintended consequence of the technical solution to insure continuous audibility of the stage dialogue because your ear draws your eyes away from the actor delivering the dialogue and then one must scan the stage to again find the appropriate actor.

    This was mainly a problem in the 1st act, where the spaces are large and the placement of sound reinforcement speakers are stage right & left. I was located in the larger stage left set of risers, within approx 20 ft of the stage left speaker. I would image that with some tweaking, this problem can be lessened.

    Bravo to all who worked to make this Lear the success it promises to be.

  • joan and siamak adibi says:

    My husband and I attended the very exciting performance of King Lear on Mother’s Day. It was my choice and my husband, age 87, announced that one act was enough for him. So my remarks are limited. Bravo, Quantum! Another imaginative rendering of a timeless play. I was inspired to reread the original, but did not get to see what the adaptive version would have been. The message of going mad and having one’s daughters betray one in old age carries a significant message. What you sow is what you harvest. And the likening of the decline of the steel industry with rusty obsolete equipment and CEO’s who were like kings is a real one. But the message of hope in the program with new leadership and new developments ( technology and health care) is the phoenix rising from the ashes. A very thought-provoking performance.

  • James Kincaid says:

    Well, we’re biased but loved it—the parallels between two lost worlds is brilliantly conceived and carried out–
    and the world’s bleakest tragedy’s force is multiplied by the setting (wonderful work by Karla Boos), the
    brilliant direction of Risher, and sensational acting. Thank you all!!

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