Monday, December 03, 2007

John Cullum, center, as King Cymbeline in the Lincoln Center Theater production, with Phylicia Rashad, right, as the Queen.

Love, War and Betrayal in Busy Lives of the Estranged

Just about everyone left living at the end of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” is onstage for the play’s crowded climax. And just about everyone has a surprise or two to disclose.

The queen is not doing so well, the good doctor informs the king, but wait till you hear what she just told me! The Roman general’s page, a willowy young man, is revealed to be neither Italian nor a man. Those rustic, dirt-begrimed warriors? Royal blood runs in their veins. The presumed dead are really living, the presumed living declared dead.

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