Timon of Athens
If any troupe can make Shakespeare's most problematic play, Timon of Athens, less of a problem, it might be the National Theatre of London. The group is broadcasting a taped performance of the acclaimed Nicholas Hytner production across the United States. Simon Russell Beale, as Shakespeare's most misanthropic character, gives a ''characteristically terrific performance,'' crowed the Evening Standard. The tragedy is the Bard’s bleakest look at humanity, as Timon, generous to a fault when the play opens, spirals inexorably downward into penury and misery, living in a cave outside Athens and cursing all who try to comfort him. Whether Shakespeare left it unfinished, deliberately or otherwise, or it was a collaborative effort still in need of a rewrite is hotly debated by scholars. There's no proof that the play was ever staged during Shakespeare's lifetime, and contemporary performances are infrequent indeed, so here's a rare opportunity to experience this dark, inky drama. Sheathed under storm clouds, there are passages of immense power and biting ironic comedy: Timon's feast of rocks and water for his false friends is a particular nasty delight.
Sat., Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 19, 7:15 p.m., 2012
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.