Old men be­hav­ing badly: Na­tional Theatre Live presents King Lear

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There are con­se­quences when pow­er­ful old men make bad de­ci­sions. Oh, that’s King Lear we’re talk­ing about, a play that must seem con­tem­po­rary to every gen­er­a­tion. The em­i­nent Ian McKellen plays the part of the crum­bling, storm-tossed monarch, in a mod­ern-dress pro­duc­tion that be­gan at the Chich­ester Fes­ti­val Theatre, trans­ferred to Lon­don’s West End for a lim­ited run, and is now beamed out to the world un­der the ban­ner of Na­tional Theatre Live. You can view it at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St., at 7 p.m. on Mon­day, Oct. 1. Tick­ets ($22) are avail­able through tick­etssantafe .org (505-988-1234). — James M. Keller

Sir Ian McKellen, left, and Danny Webb

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