Analysis of Shakespeare's 'King Lear'

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When Lee Soroko decided to produce a version of Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, the University of Miami Theater department's director set out to make a modern version but one that remains relatively true to the original. It is a version of which Shakespeare himself would be proud. Soroko sets King Lear in the contemporary world. The base problem is the same: King Lear is old and needs to determine who will succeed him. He has three daughters from which to choose. Instead of choosing the best one, he chooses to divide his estate among the two daughters who betray him the most and who are the worst possible leaders. King Lear is about leadership, politics, and family dynamics. It is also a play about human nature. The actors do a good job in bringing the Shakespeare dialogue to life using rhythm in their voices. There are ample props used on stage, and the settings are designed so that the audience can keep track of what is going on. The costumes were the most surprising thing. If I had walked into the Ring Theatre in the middle of the play not knowing what it was, I would not have known that it was a Shakespeare production. The costumes are too modern. However, King Lear's military uniform is fitting and even if he wears no crown, we know exactly who he is. The most powerful use of costumes come toward the end of the play, as the blood baths ensue. King Lear is depicted in one scene appearing like a Christ figure. He wears a wreath like the crown of thorns. Earlier in the
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