Performed by Actors from the London Stage at Butler University; Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 21 and 22. Dressed in plain gray outfits, all five players accentuated their multiple characters through colored sashes and props. However, one of the greatest revelations of character was the changing facial expressions and tone of voice that was presented with the introduction of each character. Rina Mahoney (Goneril, Cordelia, and Oswald) communicated the love and loyalty of Cordelia as well as the greed and selfishness of Goneril most purely through her use of facial expression. Cordelia was represented with a simple face of naïve determination, while Goneril was primarily a more mischievous grin, contorting depending on whether things were going her way. Richard Neale (Edgar, Edmund, King of France, Duke of Burgundy) seemed to have the most challenging role playing two brothers who duel one another in Act 2. However, Neale's tone easily revealed which character was speaking. Edmund, the rejected illegitimate son, being of an evil nature with a penchant for greed and self-preservation, while Edgar, the rightful heir of the Earl of Gloucester, being painfully naïve and fiercely loyal to his father. While Terence Wilton (King Lear, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Albany) also played the husbands to Regan and Goneril, those characters were no match for his overpowering influence as the title character, King Lear. Wilton so embodied Lear that it was almost sad to see him step into the role of another character.

-Nikki Hodgson

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