From The Buffalo News, 1/29/08

Ian McKellen did it. Brian Bedford did it.

And now Saul Elkin, the dean of Buffalo’s theater scene, is going to take what he said is his second and final shot at one of Shakespeare’s meatiest and most lusted-after roles: King Lear.

“I just felt it was a time of my life when I needed to have one more crack at it, and I needed to do a little training and getting the stamina up to do it,” Elkin said. “It’s been cooking in my head.”

Elkin’s turn as the troubled ruler in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” will kick off the 33rd season of Shakespeare in Delaware Park on June 19.

In another casting match made in heaven, the annual outdoor festival will mount the Bard’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” starting July 24 and starring the comically gifted Norm Sham as Falstaff.