Valentino: a play in verse

theatre · david wisehart and rachel stoll · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States

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Review by THEATRE UNLEASHED
June 20, 2010

My overall impression

Pros:
- Wisehart’s script is full of beautiful poetry overflowing with striking imagery and clever witticisms. He accomplished daunting task of writing an entire play in ottava rima with skill and proficiency.
- The story is brimming with passion, action, adventure and suspense. History buffs will marvel at the faithfulness to the true events the story is based on. Conspiracy buffs will enjoy the chess match of the plot’s intrigue. The casual theatergoer will be wrapped up in the story.
- Renato Biribin Jr. (Valentino) and Summer Dare Litwin (Lucrezia Borgia) deliver standout performances.

Cons:
- The Fringe production was shortened for time considerations, which leads to one (very small) head-scratching moment near the end of the show.
- Some of the fight choreography could have used work.

Overall: Excellent production. I recommend it!

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