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Othello (Match: Lit)

From 1 critic and 28 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense

About the show

Match: Lit presents Shakespeare's iconic tragedy about a general driven to jealousy by an enemy posing as a trusted friend. More…

In war-touched Cyprus, the lives of six Venetian visitors
 intersect and collide. Love, lust, prejudice, and jealousy provide the platform for a master manipulator who knows that words are the most
 dangerous weapons of all.



80
BlogCritics.org

"Match: Lit‘s production emphasizes the intimacy of the emotions that drive the story...Koivisto makes inventive use of space...Othello becomes a bit less fully dimensional in the second half, as the tragedy overwhelms him, while Clare Tyers’ Desdemona never quite matches the intense level of commitment her costars muster...Crisp pacing, lush acting, and intimate staging make this 'Othello' of the id a sharp, satisfyingly frightening vision of one of the foulest sides of human nature." Full Review


100
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love seeing different interpretations of Shakespeare's works

Don't see it if You are easily confused by Shakespearean language

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if You have any interest in Shakespeare. The intimate setting gave the play a more intense feeling. I can't praise this enough!

Don't see it if ....

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a terrific cast including a Roderigo who shows a stunningly well acted character arc that makes you want more.

Don't see it if you are annoyed by actors who only "act" their anger by talking through clenched teeth and throwing their shoulders back to weirdly posture.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You like well acted, minimally staged Shakespeare. You an follow the fast paced emotionally intense Shakespearesn drama.

Don't see it if You are looking for light hearted entertainment. You want lavish sets or need comfortable chairs. Also, it's a fourth floor walk-up.

86
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Intimate

See it if You like a fresh production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Intimate production, clever and understandable.

Don't see it if You dislike intimate theatre. It's in a small space, in the round, only one row on each side. Also, if you are sensitive to suicide/murder.

Also The actor who plays Iago in particular is exceptional. Everyone is gre... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Riveting

See it if You like no-frills Shakespeare in a small setting. One row of seats in a square, under netting. Intense, serious production. Great acting.

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare, small theater, no set, no frills. Lots of steps to come up, but can call & take elevator. PS death, lies, bodices

85
Clever, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You like some Shakespeare. Iago was fabulous!

Don't see it if You want to see a fully staged production. The minimal staging and 30 seat "house" was intimate and homey

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are a Fan of Shakespeare & enjoy theatre in the round in a very intimate space Get there early if you need an elevator. 4th floor venue

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or a very small venue

84
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and open minded with non traditional staging. Loved Iago. Couldn't stand the performer who played Othelo.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable in an intimate theatre setting

83
Absorbing, Intense, Engaging, Great staging, Intimate

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare, theater in the round, and getting up close and personal with the actors (your seat is level with the stage).

Don't see it if you're bothered by mood lighting, mood music (during act and scene breaks), or modern (rather than Elizabethan) costuming.

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intimate, Intense at times

See it if a faithful, emotionally raw&physically intense Othello, stripped of costume or scenery with young, adept actors, crisply directed, interests

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theatre, or an unrelenting exploration of the basest aspects of human behavior, no justice in sight.

Also Dim lights, haunting vocals between scenes & clever use of transparent... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Intense, Well-paced, Intimate, Well-choreographed

See it if you enjoy a faithful interpretation of the play, great acting, passionate delivery, and an intimate space in which actors constantly move.

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespearean tragedies or small productions.

Also The play was well-paced, and the actors' movements around the area len... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see a straightforward production of one of Shakespeare's masterworks and for the great performance by the actor playing Iago

Don't see it if you don't like modern dress Shakespeare or plays staged with the audience on four sides of the action. Some scenes may be blocked from view

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Great staging

See it if you like shows in the round, Shakespeare

Don't see it if you are tired of Shakespeare plays.

72
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You are excited by great women actors and clever staging

Don't see it if You can't forgive some unevenness in the strength of the cast.

71
Great writing, Slow, Great singing, Unbalanced performances, No audience

See it if You appreciate Shakespeare's words, although some of them mumbled by the moor.

Don't see it if You don't like theatre in the round or actor tension really bugs you.

70
Funny, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining, Intimate

See it if you like Shakespeare, Othello, and intimate, small productions where you are physically close to the cast.

Don't see it if you don't like Othello, Shakespeare, or small, close productions.

67
Confusing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You wanna see very strong performances by women.

Don't see it if You're interested in Othello for it's more uncomfortable aspects (misogyny, racism and their relation to intimate violence)

55
Great writing, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy seeing Shakespeare staged, don't mind inexperienced actors, enjoy theater in the round, intimate setting, great fight choreography

Don't see it if you dislike lots of shouting, Shakespeare, or Shakespeare by actors who aren't good at it, dislike newbie acting, mediocre direction

Also This troupe of young and energetic actors would do well to bring in ol... Read more Read less

86
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if a reliable Shakespearean production. This is one you need to have in your canon. Powerful.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy updated versions.

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if You enjoy a new approach to Billy Shakes.

Don't see it if You're a puritan.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging

See it if if you love Shakespeare and want to see three powerhouse women perform. It also has clever staging which works most of the time.

Don't see it if you don't want to listen to actors yelling most of their lines when they are angry. There is no build for the madness that ends up happening

97
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You can.

Don't see it if Ifyoucant.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want a powerfully acted, beautifully and simply staged production - dirt cheap

Don't see it if You love stuffy, boring theatuh

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't like complex characters


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