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Lear's Daughters 

Growing up Leared

One of several fine productions to recommend at this year's Fringe Festival is the exciting drama, Lear's Daughters. In this entertainingly clever play, Brit playwright Elaine Feinstein imagines just what in the heck transformed three plucky little sisters, so full of personal promise and joir de vivre, into a trio of scorned and sour women "made of hollow metal" that so ruthlessly bedevilled their addled father, the benighted King Lear. In this prequel to Shakespeare's crazed-lion-in-winter tragedy, actors Sarah Jane Blenkhorn, Andrea Dymond, Keelin Jack (dynamic in four roles), Andrea Norwood and Andria Wilson, stylishly directed by Michael McPhee, show an astonishing characterization range which, as the narrative's arc, portraying innocence betrayed and corrupted, ratches down the drama's kinetic action to its fearsome resolution, makes that conclusion all the more powerful, heartbreaking and rightfully disturbing. Lear's Daughters is not to be missed. Seen Aug. 31

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