Monday, January 18, 2016

reviews - OTHELLO - Southwest Shakespeare Company

Hope Brown and Amanda Renee Baker
Photo by Mark Gluckman
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through January 30th.

 "Hatred, jealousy, and deception are at the core of William Shakespeare's Othello. ...Southwest Shakespeare Company's production draws upon the humor within Shakespeare's words to balance the dramatic intrigue and betrayal of the plot. ...exceptional, layered performances from Jesse James Kamps as Iago and Hope Brown as Othello, the end result is a solid production of this tale of murder and mayhem....director Harold Dixon focuses on Shakespeare's words, letting them ring clear from his exceptional cast. ...Hope Brown embodies the range of Othello's emotions quite well. ...Jesse James Kamps is just as good as Iago. He is adept at portraying the constantly plotting and determined deceiver with cunning looks, a wry smile, and a mischievous wink. His deceit shows no limits, ...As their wives, Amanda Renee Baker and Jordan Letson are quite good...While Patrick Walsh's sparse set isn't that scenically exciting, Maci Hosler's costumes and Sasha Wordlaw's hair and make-up designs are vibrant, full of color and a richness that swiftly transports us back to the 17th century setting. Daniel Davisson's lighting and Peter Bish's sound successfully evoke the moods of the play. Othello is a sobering and commanding work...the moving performances and firm direction make Southwest Shakespeare's production as strong, calculated, and forceful as Iago's deceptive plot."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

 COMING SOON - Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"Devilry is in the deed, and the face of its perpetrator may be disarmingly cool and calculated rather than sinister and contorted...Jesse James Kamps proves the point with a chilling and convincing portrayal of Iago, the quintessential villain, in Southwest Shakespeare Company's electrifying production of OTHELLO. ...Southwest Shakespeare Company's mastery in interpreting the Bard's work is on display... intelligently and innovatively conceived...director Harold Dixon exposes the heart of Iago's darkness with a lightness that defies the gravity usually associated with the play. ...
Hope Brown delivers a compelling performance as Othello... His jealousy and despair reach a crescendo when he discovers Iago's deceit and the price he has paid for taking the bait....Amanda Renee Baker presents Desdemona as the Moor's poised and loyal wife....Jordan Letson shines as Emilia, Iago's wife. ..Patrick Walsh drapes the stage with elegant simplicity. Daniel Davisson illuminates it with subtle and shifting mood lighting. Maci Hosler's Venetian period costumes are exquisite. ...masterfully produced and well-acted"  -Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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