Othello & Otis

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

world premiere
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June 06, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

From start to finish this piece had me reeling. And I mean from when you are handed the program upon entry. Try to get to the theatre when doors open so you have time to read through it before the show starts. The movement pieces were excellent, the singing gorgeous and at times haunting, and the performances all around were powerful and driven. And, of course, the styling of the actors was stunning – but I would expect nothing less from Bag O’ Bones Collective.
It’s crazy (and yet not crazy at all) to think that text written in the 1960s or even in the 1600s still so perfectly applies to what is going on in our country today. This piece made me think more about my own place of privilege in society and consider points brought up in the show that I had not considered before.

What I didn't like

This is less about the piece and more about the set up of the seating. Since the back of the house is not raised, I had a hard time seeing when movement pieces were taking place on the floor. So if you’re short, try to get a spot near the front!

My overall impression

POWERFUL. Such an important show with an abundance of topics and themes to discuss after leaving the theatre.

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