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Othello @NYU Skirball Center 9/25/09

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2009 at 7:38 pm

John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Othello and Iago is a sure fire winner that fizzled as the play wore on. Peter Sellers does weird things and he is supposed to, why else would he wear his hair that way, but making people move up front for the second act because so many people left wasn’t weird, it was self defense.He took a lot of chances with this production and a lot of them worked although not everyone agreed. The spare set, built around a multimedia bed was a cool idea, making the not so subtle point that what happens in bed spills over into real life and everyone is vulnerable in both places. Changing the ethnic mix of the play was more of a essay point than an entrĂ© into post Obama America, and adding an affair with Emelia for Othello was odd. I thought PSH was great in the first act although there was more yelling than was called for and JO was strong until the murder in the last scene when he lost concentration too. The supporting players, from LAByrinth, were strong and helped the modernist touches, cell phones etc., along and the music? track was a distraction some times; did it have something to do with the bed?
I am really glad to see this production that pushes Willy around a bit and my guess is as it is developed it will become important, or I hope so anyway.

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