Thespian Thoughts: “King Lear” at Actors Co-Op is put together perfectly with its story-telling, acting, and overall ambiance.

“King Lear” is put together perfectly with its story-telling, acting, and overall ambiance.

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“The change we most lament is from the best; The worst returns to laughter. Welcome, then.”
This expert was written by the profound Sir. William Shakespeare, in the tragedy of “King Lear.” The award winning Actors Co-Op in Hollywood, CA presents “King Lear.” The production of “King Lear” is put together perfectly with its story-telling, acting, and overall ambiance.

The disastrous story of “King Lear” brings together a mixture of heroism, greed, love, and heartbreak. Director Marianne Savell does an outstanding job bringing the key elements to retell a classic story. The directing goes hand in hand with the performer’s acting.

Shakespearean is complex to follow, let alone recite. After every word is delivered, the listeners admire the brilliance beyond Shakespeare’s writing. In “King Lear,” the performers speak as their characters do, scene by scene.

Bruce Ladd takes on the difficult role of King Lear. Ladd does a wonderful job conveying all emotions; from heroic to absolutely mad. His wide range of emotions is truly captivating to watch on stage.

The production of “King Lear” should not be missed. I do reiterate that the whole play is spoken in Shakespearean and may be difficult to understand, but that should be no problem. Although there were times I did not understand the dialogue, I enjoyed myself thoroughly. “King Lear” is a great story, with fantastic writing, admirable acting and overall superb production team. What else needs to be said?

“King Lear” is currently playing at the Actors Co-Op Crossley Theater in Hollywood, CA until April 3. For more information, please go online:

Joseph Barone
Tara Battani
Nathan Bell
Teresa Bisson
Heather Chelsey
Cameron Dye
Michael Dye
Steve Gustafson
Montelle Harvey
Bruce Ladd
Brandon Massey
Tawny Mertes
Letecia Moore
Daniel J. Roberts
Richard Soto
Angela Stewart-Starks

Lori Berg-Prop Designer
Rita Cofield- Ast. Director
Rebecca Hayes- Producer
Paula Higgins- Costume Designer
James Moody- Lighting Designer
Gary Lee Reed- Set Designer
Marianne Savell- Director
Richard Soto- Fight Director

ACTORS CO-OP Crossley Theatre
1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood (located on the grounds of Hollywood Presbyterian Church)

Opening Friday, February 25, 2011 at 8 PM
Closes Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM
Performances are:  Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2:30 PM;
Saturday matinees are March 5, 2011 and March 12, 2011 at 2:30PM;  

Regular admission $30, Seniors $25, Students $20
Group rates available (minimum 6 people)
For reservations call (323) 462-8460, ext. 300 or reserve on-line at

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