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Othello & Otis

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

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Review by NIKI MOHR

June 12, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

I liked the juxtaposition of varying times and texts. I liked the excellent use of the space. The actors’ movement was reminiscent of a Greek chorus, and in the sense that the repetition of the line about moral apathy spoke to the theme of the play, they functioned as a Greek chorus as well, telling the audience what they should be feeling about all of this.

What I didn't like

The costumes. I just didn’t get it. A few symbolic notions that made some sense, but overall… I didn’t get a sense of the overall purpose of the artistic chocies made there.

My overall impression

Othello and Otis inspires me. The ecclectic juxtaposition of Elizabethan era sentiments on humanity with political comments on modern times and soulful music painted a picture of Western Civilization’s struggle with race.

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