Art with awareness. Othello & Otis carries a strong sociological message with challenging themes, songs, and monologues.
It would be lucrative to walk out of this theater and not feel something. If you don’t, then you are part of the problem and dismissing the very nature of this piece.
There are some chilling moments during stomp-n’-clap driven musical numbers accompanied by the haunting, vibrato laden pipes of the featured singer (I don’t have my program to reference her name.)
The show does not have plot, characters or storytelling on its mind. That is NOT a fault, rather just a fact of this devised work. Its purpose seems to have the intent to engage and encourage people to not only listen, but to act. If you see something wrong, say something and stand up for what is right. If we want to change the perception of our culture, it starts with us, here, in this moment.
At least this way my takeaway. I could be completely wrong, considering that my bias greatly shapes how I interpret these themes. This made me think. A lot.