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Othello & Otis

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

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June 12, 2018

What I liked

It was blunt with its message, by design. The whole point is: we need to talk about institutional [and other] racism, and we are going to talk about it; don’t be complacent! The bluntness is wrapped up in the message — in a way, it is the message. There is also subtlety, largely in the form. Going from [beautifully sung] songs, to moving audio clips of President Obama’s very personal news conference after the murder of Trayvon Martin, to the Shakespearean passages, the central point of this piece is consistent, and it comes through to anyone who will listen.

What I didn't like


My overall impression

This is an excellent example of message theater. It has an important point to make about our society, one that bears reminding and attention no matter how liberal or enlightened you think you are, which it conveys with earnest grace.

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