REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Othello: The Remix” Opened with a ShowScore of 87

Show-Score | Nov 17, 2016
“Othello: The Remix”, written and directed by JQ and GQ, opened on November 16, 2016 in New York City. “Othello: The Remix”, written and directed by JQ and GQ, opened on November 16, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80
"Clever and exuberantly performed...The music pulses with life, and the cascading rhymes of the lyrics are often inspired. My only qualm is that the rhythms vary so rarely that a certain monotony sets in…Still, diversions keep coming, even when the tragedy reaches its climax…'Othello: The Remix' will probably not reduce you to tears or leave you in stunned silence. But it’s a tickling refreshment to leave a production of this dark tale with a smile on your face."
Raven Snook
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 70
"The Q Brothers have transformed the bloody tragedy into a rip-roaring, rapped one-act rich with dizzying rhymes...The quartet plays all the characters, tackling quick changes as deftly as tongue-twisting text against DJ Supernova’s slick beats. Yet only Pringle attempts to find the gravitas in the tale...The show is clever and exhilarating, but also a missed opportunity—as if the creators were looking at the green-eyed monster through rose-colored glasses."
Sandi Durell
Theater Pizzazz
ShowScore: 90
"The rhythm hits hard and is brilliant in its presentation…They’re par excellence as rappers, movers and shakers as the pacing moves quickly via the brilliance of GQ and JQ, who composed and direct this hot little production…During this uniquely clever and modern adaptation, they find time to engage the audience in their antics...This is a Shakespeare lesson for all ages. The energy level is high and higher and you’ll laugh your way through this brand-new interpretation of the Bard."

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 17 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 88.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Absorbing

lynne 6248, ShowScore: 88
See it if…"You like the Bard's work turned into present-day rap. And done so well!" 
Don't see it if…"Rap and slick talking throughout is not you."
Mary M 2, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You enjoy modern interpretations of Shakespeare with contemporary dialogue. You appreciate rap and hip-hop music." 
Don't see it if…"You'd prefer to hear the original Shakespearean text. You want a traditional production. You don't like rap and hip-hop."
MJK, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You want to see a modernized, inventive, funny, accessible, concise, hip-hop remake of 'Othello;' you just wanna kick back and enjoy the Bard." 
Don't see it if…"You aren't willing to accept a simplified, sanitized and sometimes silly interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy."

See the Show Page with all critic and member reviews.


Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.

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