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Learning ‘Lear’: A Pitiless Storm, Then the Show Goes On
John Lithgow for The New York Times

I was hoping I’d get a chance to write this entry. On Wednesday I finally experienced one of those historic nights at the Delacorte Theater when Shakespeare collides with cataclysmic weather.

Thirty minutes into our second preview of “King Lear,” the Delacorte and everyone in it was assaulted by thunder, lightning and torrential rain. For several days the weather reports had predicted storms for that night, but ticket holders had been undaunted. Ignoring the lowering skies, they had packed the house.

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