Othello & Otis

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

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Review by RASIKA MATHUR

June 06, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

While the ladies of the cast glide through the audience, I got to see what kind of faces attended and opened themselves up to this show and feel somewhat of a unity.

What I didn't like

I feel like there needs to be a Q&A afterwards! And, I’d like to see the 55+ White population attend this show. Seriously.

My overall impression

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-factly.

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