Spicy Witch Productions presents Thomas Middleton's classic Jacobean revenge drama. More…
In this year's 'Tragislasher' repertory season, Spicy Witch Productions investigates gendered violence and hypocritical sexual expectations. While a contemporary audience can poke fun at some of the more over-the-top puritanical sexism in 'The Revenger's Tragedy,' the 'she was asking for it' argument remains ever present in our culture. Running in repertory with 'Bonesetter: A Tragislasher,' this adaptation of Middleton's play seeks to examine the misogyny of this centuries-old text to reveal how it still governs our sexual politics today.
"This strong cast poignantly shows their characters’ varied faults and questionable sensibilities...The set up offers the audience an immersive experience. We don’t just get to watch a bloodbath on stage, we’re in the splash zone...Still, I do wonder if there were more opportunities to use the round to draw the audience even closer to the story...If you are a lover of classics then you should definitely check out 'The Revenger’s Tragedy.'" Full Review
"Weiss never quite solidified the tone in her production as moments that should likely not garner uproarious laughter did…The lights by Yi-Chung Chen were striking. That is when you could see...There were a couple of side light units that blinded the audience. And it’s unfortunately unforgivable…Of the two plays in Spicy Witch's season, this is not the winner...With various liberties and ideas taking over, 'The Revenger’s Tragedy' had a lot more than the blood stained floor to clean up." Full Review
See it if U want to see a Jacobean revenge tragedy they might have been watching in 1606- fun when all the villanry pays off in teeth, tongue & blood!
Don't see it if U need a simpler play-It's v confusing & I'd recommend a synopsis prior. A bit amateur w/uneven performances in parts, but not oft performed
See it if You like classical theatre.You like camp.You don't mind gender-swapped casting.You're OK w/stage violence.You want a rare classical play.
Don't see it if You don't like classical theatre. You want more traditional casting. You want a more well known classical playwright. You dislike violence.
See it if you are generous with your time and you want to support companies that mean well even if their productions do not live up to expectations.
Don't see it if you have better things to do with your time than watch supposedly professional productions that are really more like bad classroom plays.
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