Othello & Otis

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

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Review by ROB ANGELL

June 06, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: intimate · powerful · Race · Raw · movement · song · dreamlike

What I liked

I thought that the space was perfect. You can see other audience members, especially when the actors move through the tables, and it adds to the show’s power. Sandy Rather’s vocals were definitely a highlight, as was the contrast between what we witnessed onstage and the recorded speech that is interspersed throughout.

What I didn't like

Some theatergoers might prefer a through-line or “story” running through each of the vignettes, but I felt they stood well enough on their own.

My overall impression

An intense and grounding experience (from the program to the final blackout), this production mixes movement, audience immersion, music, and devised/documentary theater to call audiences to examine their own privileges and biases and look through the eyes of others.

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