Lithgow, Bening can't liven up this 'King Lear'

August 6, 2014 2:14 AM

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Lithgow, Bening can't liven up this 'King Lear'

NEW YORK — There were several reasons to be optimistic, or at least curious, about the Public Theater's new King Lear (**½ out of four stars).

The production — which marks the first time the play has been performed at the Delacorte Theater, home to the Public's Shakespeare in the Park series, in 41 years — is directed by Daniel Sullivan, whose many insightful stagings of the Bard include the series' most recent The Merchant of Venice and A...

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