The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0711 Sunday, 21 October 2007
Date: Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 18:56:07 -0400
Subject: Othello at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Last night I was privileged to see Othello directed by Edward Stern in
the Shelterhouse of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The small stage
drove some of the choices -- only the Duke, sitting at his desk filled
with reports -- questions Othello after his elopement with Desdemona.
Esau Pritchett's Othello was lithe and athletic, and in the last scene
he kills Desdemona with a long suffocating kiss. R. Ward Duffy's Iago
was excellent, and his jealousy is clearly mirrored by Othello's.
Rodrigo (Scott Barrow) stuttered; Emilia (Carine Montbertrand)
surreptitiously drank. Desdemona (Sarah Dandridge) reminded me of a
young Hillary Clinton -- a woman who can handle herself. The dress was
modern. Othello and his men wore Navy whites.
Unfortunately, the production closes on October 21.
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