Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline' Comes to Central Park

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kate Burton, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater in The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of 'Cymbeline.' Kate Burton, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater in The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of 'Cymbeline.' (Carol Rosegg)

The Public Theater’s second free Shakespeare in the Park presentation this summer is the late romance “Cymbeline,” a twisty tale of duplicity and betrayal directed by Daniel Sullivan. The cast features Shakespeare in the Park regulars Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater as young newlyweds separated by the titular king and his conniving queen.

The convoluted "Cymbeline" plot involves, among other things, a headless corpse, a beautiful heroine who fools everyone into thinking she’s a boy simply by putting on a boy’s clothes and Jupiter flying in and out of the action on an eagle’s back.

The play has been in and out of fashion over the years, with many detractors over the last century or so. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has seen several productions, so he has a sense of perspective to offer as he evaluates Shakespeare in the Park’s "Cymbeline" at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

It's regrettable that those seeing "Cymbeline" in this otherwise praiseworthy production for the first time are witnessing a "concept" production rather than a traditional one. Mr. Isherwood said in the interview that said same restricted the emotional range of Ms. Rabe and Mr. Linklater. This current craze has distorted the intentions of the composers in the world of opera, too, for far too long. I'd urge all who can to attend this relative rarity, but I'd also suggest diverting field of vision from detritus.

Aug. 12 2015 09:17 AM

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