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The Revenger's Tragedy

Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great writing, Clever
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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7 reviews
 

Spicy Witch Productions presents Thomas Middleton's classic Jacobean revenge drama.

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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.

 

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Reviews (9)

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57
Avg Score

40
Theater In The Now

"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

80
Theatre is Easy

"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

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68
Avg Score

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to support new theatre groups in the city

Don't see it if you want a show that is easy to follow, or has a more professional vibe than one that feels like a college underground production

93
Original, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You like great acting - intense shows with humor about its own intensity.

Don't see it if If you dislike violence or mixed new and old or archaic language

35
Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Amature

See it if you want stage lights in our eyes and inaudible dialogue.

Don't see it if you something better to do.

77
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Uneven acting, Classical camp

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.

85
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Confusing

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

40
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

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.

87
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love CAMP! Staging and acting were all terrific.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of blood and a bit of gore.