Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque Theater Co.) NYC Reviews and Tickets
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see
About the Show
Letter of Marque Theater Company presents this traumatic narrative that may have been inspired by Shakespeare's lost play, 'Cardenio.' Directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie.
'Double Falsehood' follows two brave female protagonists, Violante and Leonora, and two contrasting leading men, Julio of honorable and modest birth, and Henriquez, an aristocratic villain. Henriquez, heir to the Duke Angelo of Spain, exploits his social privilege to scheme his way around beautiful women, greedy fathers, and honorable brotherhoods. His actions spark a disturbing yet enlightening tale of self-repentance and discovery involving family, honor, madness, lust, and relationships.
"Whether Shakespeare or someone else wrote it, you have to admire the prescience of 'Double Falsehood,' at least as it’s being staged in this well-conceived production...Thanks largely to a scalding scene in the first half of the show, a central plotline seems as if it could be a commentary on the modern-day scourges of date rape and on-campus assaults...This stark dramatic high point comes early, and it’s never quite equaled, which is why if this is a Shakespeare work, it’s a secondary one."
"A wondrous staging of a classic about love, friendship, and the rippling consequences of betrayal... Between clever direction and an outstanding cast, 'Double Falsehood' is an absorbing piece. Every actor is so fully immersed in their characters you have no choice but to watch every little detail...If you want to see how a centuries-old play contributes to contemporary feminist discourse, or you simply have a penchant for classics, please go see 'Double Falsehood.'"
"The nine members of the ensemble look like they are having a terrific time. Though the play runs over 2 1/2 hours, their collective energy never flags. The esprit de corps, however, doesn't completely smooth over the performers' different acting styles. While the seasoned actors on board more than carry their roles, the less experienced actors sometimes fall short...Say what you will about 'Double Falsehood,' it passes muster as helmed by Borthwick-Leslie."
"This new production features moments of laugh-inducing comedy alongside provocative tragedy, all performed by an energetic and talented cast. The end result is a play which, despite being over 300 years old, hasn't lost its ability to both entertain as well as to bring out some timeless emotions...As a testament to the talents of the cast, even the wordless acting makes an impact...This production also features some priceless directorial touches."
"A tight and neat production…Don Bernardo is played with weight and depth by Ariel Estrada…As the enfant terrible, Huff does an excellent job and resembles a young Johnny Rotten…His nimble, earthy walk and demeanor give him the charm of a snake making its way slowly toward its prey…The company did a good job of using the Irondale Center playing area in a beautiful old church."
"The production could grow into something poignant and engaging, if it concentrates less on theory and more on story...Director Andrew Borthwick-Leslie helms an incredibly talented team of performers...He makes bold choices, though there is an element of safety to the spacial relationships. The text begs for action. Choices seem to stem from fear of intimacy fruiting in the same universe as sexual violence. Take a chance on these artists, they are headed in an exciting direction."