I went to a performance of King Lear last night at Lincoln Center, starring Christopher Plummer, directed by Jonathan Miller. It was solid generica. No one was awful (almost unique in my experience of Shakespeare productions), nothing was moving.
The biggest applause line of the night came in Act IV; “Get thee glass eyes, And like a scurvy politician seem To see the things thou dost not.” Of course everyone thought of WMD, and clapped and clapped.
“All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.”