By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
As Lear, Kieran Connolly gets better as the play goes on. In Acts 1 through 3 he's too much the high-powered CEO type. Only in the mad scenes of Acts 4 and 5 does he finally calm down and find the real center of the character. His death scene, holding the expired Cordelia, is heartbreaking.
The only real problem with Connolly's performance is his propensity for delivering dialogue drenched with showers of spittle. At times, huge ropes of drool dangle from his beard. If your tickets are in the first two rows, wear a raincoat or you'll get wetter than the crowd at a Gallagher concert.
This may be the first Lear in 400 years to produce his own precipitation during the hurricane scene.