Wednesday, April 24, 2019

review - OTHELLO - Harlem Shakespeare Festival / Southwest Shakespeare Company

Ella Loudon and Debra Ann Byrd
Photo Courtesy of Harlem Shakespeare Festival / Southwest Shakespeare Company

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 April 28.

"Most theatre purists and historians are well aware that in their original productions, William Shakespeare's plays were performed by casts composed entirely of men because women were not allowed to act. So, it's refreshing to see how the tables are turned when Othello, which focuses on hatred, jealousy and deception, is presented with a cast made up completely of women. Southwest Shakespeare Company's presentation of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival's all-female Othello is a solid, powerful, gender-bending production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies....The sad beauty of Othello is in how Shakespeare depicts the horrible aftermath of putting your trust and faith in the wrong person. In a world where "fake news" is a constant phrase, it is a resonating reminder that you have to carefully vet just about everything you hear to ensure its accuracy. Southwest Shakespeare Company's presentation of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival's production of one of Shakespeare's great tragedies makes for a sobering and solid production of this tale of calculated murder and the horrifying results of deception. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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