Titus Sharkdronicus

comedy · not applicable · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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SCOTT GOLDEN fringereview.com · June 06, 2017
Titus Andronicus has enough murder and atrocities to fill a big boat all by itself so it only makes sense to add a bunch of killer fish. Much like Titus Andronicus Jr. from last year’s Fringe, this show takes the bloody and overly-dramatic and turns it in to a bit of a screwball farce. Complete with plastic palm trees, fruity drinks and a wonderful Florida retiree narrator (Jo MacLachlan), the creator/director Fiona Austin turns Sharkspeare’s classic into great fringe fun. Titus Andronicus (a terrifically rubber-faced Sean Scofield) returns from ten years of war. He has captured Tamora (Adrienne Marquand), Queen of the Goths, her “shark” sons, and villainous Aaron (Vernon Taylor), her secret lover. In accordance with Roman rituals, Titus sa... full review

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WILLIE FORTES certified reviewer · June 07, 2017
tagged as: shakespeare · sharks · farce · satire · comedy · humor · hilarious · witty
Move over Sharknado. Hello Sharkdonicus.... full review

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PAYDEN ACKERMAN certified reviewer · June 02, 2017
tagged as: irreverent · shakespeare · parody
Titus Sharkdronicus is a lively and irreverent take on Shakespeare’s tragedy. With swift pacing, wonderfully built comedic moments, and skilled acting, this salty interpretation of the bard’s tale will entertain the casual theatre-goer and Shakespeare enthusiast alike.... full review

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ELLEN DOSTAL musicals in la. shakespeare in la, and broadwayworld.com · June 02, 2017
tagged as: sharks · comedy · shakespeare
Shakespeare by way of Gilligan's Island with a cast of hammy knuckleheads is what you'll get in Fiona Austin's Titus Sharkdronicus. There isn't a serious bone in this fish tale's body so leave your sophistication at the door and prepare for an hour of melodrama loosely based on the plot of Titus Andronicus, but with the addition of sharks as Tamora's sons. Since Mother Goose narrates from her beach chair on vacation, don't worry about trying to follow what the characters say. She'll recap the nonsensical scenes and set up what's coming next. It's a good solution that helps compensate for some actors whose over-the-top delivery and accelerated text speed make them hard to understand. This was the cast's first performance and as they con... full review

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MATT GARDNER certified reviewer · June 03, 2017
Oh how I enjoyed this show. The perfect mash-up of Jaws & Titus, in the stylings of Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], formatted like the Star Wars saga. Fast-paced, hilarious, and irreverent - I had a smile on my face the entire time. Great job to the cast and crew! ... full review

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WENDI JOHNSON certified reviewer · June 01, 2017
This is a fun show that stays close to the story of Titus, with Shakespeare's words, but fun and silly to watch. We the players of Ritual enjoyed it very much... full review

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PRESTON HELMS certified reviewer · June 02, 2017
Titus is such a hard play to perform... unless you have the right vision! And this vision is not one to miss. 👍🏻... full review

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MARCUS J FREED certified reviewer · June 13, 2017
tagged as: excellent · craft · comedy · shakespeare · funny
Who would have thought that a Marine re-working of Shakespeare’s gory classic could shed new light on the original? Titus Sharkdronicus does exactly that. From the outset it sounds silly. It looks silly. It is silly. But it works, and it gives Shakespeare scholars a run for their money, not to mention the titillated audiences who laugh through the tightly-directed hour of melodramatic Elizabethan tragedy. Fiona Austin’s direction cleverly replaces two evil sons with sharks, one baddie becomes a shark man, and in addition to the laughs created by the setups, the underwater predators reveal the inner ‘sharkiness’ of human nature. You get the point..but the deeper point is that she draws attention to the animalistic, predatory aspects of human ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 22, 2017
Funny, fast moving, with lots of inspired performances. ... full review

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MARK EMERSON · June 23, 2017
The idea of turning the illogically visceral Titus Andronicus into a farce is a fairly easy stretch to make. This production does a fair job of wringing absurd humor out of the ridiculous plot. Some jokes land; some don't. It needs some polish, but that's the task when satirizing Shakespeare.... full review

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