THOUGHTS: Othello The Moor of Venice

Debrah Ann Byrd as Othello Photo Credit: © Hubert Williams 2015

Debra Ann Byrd as Othello Photo Credit: © Hubert Williams 2015

Audacity [ôˈdasədē] NOUN: the willingness to take bold risks. Take Wings and Soar (TWAS) and New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG) has audacity! These two theatre groups collaborated to produce an all women version of William Shakespeare’s Othello. The play was first performed in 1604 in England with the title, “The Moor of Venice.” This time the basement of the St. James church at 141st street and St. Nicholas Avenue (The Dorothy Maynor Theatre) is 17th century Venice and Cyprus. TWAS and NHTG’S 2015 version, most of the time, hits the mark that any successful production might hope for. In addition, #DiversityOnStage is apparent in this production, which is what we love to see here on Arts In Color!

 

Reasons to Go:

  1. Costumes! Gail Cooper-Hecht’s costume design is right on point. Authenticity to the time period and the character is great.
  2. Performance. The cast, in particular, Mary Hodges (CASSIO) and Remington Moses                           (CLOWN/ENSEMBLE) display an honest commitment to their character’s truth.

    Mary Hodges as Cassio; Beverly Prentice as Bianca. Photo Credit: © Hubert Williams 2015

    Mary Hodges as Cassio; Beverly Prentice as Bianca. Photo Credit: © Hubert Williams 2015

  3. Trezana Beverley’s stage direction! Ms. Beverley, who won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance of “For Colored Girls…”is a master at guiding the actors through the theater’s vast space so well, that you feel as though you are a fly on the wall, enjoying the drama that is unfolding before your eyes.
  4. Denise Alessandria’s fight direction. Often overlooked by the acting, the fight director’s job is to help actors show a believable, SAFE physical conflict. The tension is definitely felt during the fight scenes.

Who Should Go:

Anyone from 12 on up.

Tips:

  1. The show is three hours long.
  2. Sit in the front row as not to be obstructed from any parts of the action.
  3. Bring snacks. There is no food sold at the theater.

Themes: Loyalty, Betrayal, Karma

Advisory: None

Show Information: http://harlemsf.xbuild.com/#/get-tickets/4582419070

 

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