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Kitchen Dog and SMU team up for a searing, stripped-down King Lear

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.

Get a grip: The Fool (Michael Turner) tries to bring the mad monarch (Kieran Connolly) back to his senses in Kitchen Dog's contemporary-styled King Lear.
Carolyn Herter
Get a grip: The Fool (Michael Turner) tries to bring the mad monarch (Kieran Connolly) back to his senses in Kitchen Dog's contemporary-styled King Lear.

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Through November 24; 214-953-1055
Kitchen Dog Theater at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary

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