Buffalo’d Bard

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 17, 2008

There is, however, one fine theatrical effect at the end, a triumphant borrowing from The Threepenny Opera that I won’t reveal. Earlier, the troupe, at the suggestion of Buffalo Bill Cody (Ron Campbell), puts on a command performance of Lear for an Indian chief who has captured the players, and we see it in silhouette, as a collage of dramatic peaks. This sequence is the visual and emotional highlight of How Shakespeare Won the West, and it comes closest to fulfilling the promise of Nelson’s wonderful subject.

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