Othello & Otis

cabaret & variety · bag o' bones collective · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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MATTHEW ROBINSON · June 06, 2018
tagged as: well made · Impactful · powerful · thoughtful
A powerful, thought provoking show with stellar performances that had me reflecting on my own identity. Equal parts heart-warming and gut-wrenching this is a performance that will stay with you long after leaving the theater.... full review

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OLIVIA BUNTAINE · June 06, 2018
tagged as: movement · social justice · Race · dreamscape · compelling · Raw
This startlingly intimate portrait of contemporary white apathy using the words of legendary black artists is intricate, subtle, beautifully performed and a necessary call to action. These are women who make me hopeful for the future of socially conscious theater and for a different world.... full review

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CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN certified reviewer · June 06, 2018
This was really beautiful and moving. Managed to succinctly talk about many different aspects of race relations in America in 45 minutes. Performances were all great. ... full review

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SPENCER FRANKEBERGER · June 06, 2018
Thought-provoking and inclusive rather than dismissive, this show, while non-linear, tells a story through thematic elements of oppression, power and dominance, and everything in-between that breaks barriers and reaches audiences in a unique way to discuss otherwise taboo topics in an accessible way for all walks of life.... full review

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STEVE BENAQUIST · June 12, 2018
This is an excellent example of message theater. It has an important point to make about our society, one that bears reminding and attention no matter how liberal or enlightened you think you are, which it conveys with earnest grace.... full review

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MEGHAN MAGNER · June 06, 2018
tagged as: a cappella · singing · theatre · cabaret
This is the kind of theatre that is so necessary. A powerful performance from the ensemble cast as they transformed The Lounge completely and brought us into a world of history, pain and perseverance. Words were woven throughout moments of movement, dance, sound recordings, and beautiful a cappella singing from Sandy Rather. It was a memorable and transformative experience that educates poetically on the black experience in america. ... full review

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RASIKA MATHUR certified reviewer · June 06, 2018
Could not get up after this ended. I found myself so heavy with I don’t know what afterwards, I could not get up. Maybe because the denial it takes to abide by our system and administration is getting harder for allies like myself to ignore, yet still leaves me light. But having to actually feel the weight of the story of another’s brutal realizations at 5 years old and everyday since left me heavy and unable to move, in ways I’ve not quite heard before (referring specifically to Francesca Gamez’s monologue about the American Flag). That is theater that makes me FEEL something. Bravo! A poetic piece that uses dance, movement, a cappella singing and more to lay out the state of injustice beautifully, unapologetically and quite matter-of-factl... full review

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CASSANDRA AMBE certified reviewer · June 06, 2018
tagged as: Progressive · Race · heart · female cast · dreamlike · soul · poetic
Poetic, at times dream-like, interspersed with moments of honesty— giving us a Brechtian wake up call. Well done again, Bag O Bones. ... full review

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NIKI MOHR certified reviewer · June 12, 2018
Othello and Otis inspires me. The ecclectic juxtaposition of Elizabethan era sentiments on humanity with political comments on modern times and soulful music painted a picture of Western Civilization's struggle with race. ... full review

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MELISSA ORTIZ certified reviewer · June 06, 2018
POWERFUL. Such an important show with an abundance of topics and themes to discuss after leaving the theatre. ... full review

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