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...
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...
ASHLEY STEEDstage raw and la bitter lemonscertified reviewerJune 26, 2017
Sharknado 2: The Second One opens with sharks flying through the air at a plane, with one sinister shark consciously going after Tara Reid and biting off her hand which is gripping a gun. “He just had this look in his eyes,” she says. At the end (spoilers) former Chippendale Ian Ziering see’s that same shark, cuts it open and finds Tara Reid’s severed hand, still gripping the gun and uses it to kill another sinister shark. The reason this franchise has become a cult hit is because of its seriousness in ridiculous situations like this. Taking inspiration from Sharknado, Fiona Austin has fused Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most gruesome play Titus Andronicus with Sharknado campiness. It’s a winning combination.
The play is a very condensed f...