- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

King Lear may be about to step down from his throne at the outset of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, but Folger Theatre’s current production of the play also marks the start of a reign. This month, the District ushers in Shakespeare in Washington, a six-month festival that will have the masterful Bard ruling on all manner of arts events across the city. One of the more than 100 presentations scheduled, “King Lear” begins previews tonight at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre and will continue its regular run from Jan. 17 through Feb. 18. This performance is co-produced with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and is helmed by Alfred Preisser, its resident artistic director. Tony nominee Andre De Shields stars in the title role. Tickets, priced from $25 to $50, are available through www.folger.edu; by calling 202/544-7077; or at the box office, 201 East Capitol Street SE.

— Jenny Mayo

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