Othello (The Public Theater)
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Othello (The Public Theater)
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Othello (The Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(123 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

About the Show

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Shakespeare in the Park to direct a new production of 'Othello.'

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Member Reviews (123)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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Handsome (costumes, set), Disappointing, Long, Odd iago

See it if you like traditional WS. Solid staging. But Stoll's Iago baffled; he was nebbishy, nasal-y, jocular. He should terrify, not amuse. Free tix

Don't see it if you want emotional engagement; strangely unaffecting. Emilia is more memorable than Dez. Iwuji is good, but overdoes. I got wet in the rain

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
75
Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Well staged & acted, Competent

See it if Well appointed rendering of major Shakespearean tragedy but lacks needed ominous quality Acting adequate not potent except Wright's Emilia

Don't see it if Expertly handled but rather unispired staging by Santiago-Hudson Should be supercharged but is merely threatening Neither lead reaches peak

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Brilliantly written, Clear, Funny

See it if you want to see a clear, strong production of Shakespeare’s devastating, most beautifully constructed tragedy.

Don't see it if you have seen so many Othellos in your life that you require a bold new reading of the play to bring you to the theater. Read more

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Melodramatic, Good costumes and simple, elegant sets

See it if you enjoy traditional Shakespeare with no frills; players, actions & motives are clear & easy to follow; beautiful costumes and sets.

Don't see it if you don't like sitting outside; you prefer the villianous Iago to be played without humor; Sappy music is unnecessary at the end of acts. Read more

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
85
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining show. Alison Wright and Heather Lind stole the show with their powerful performances.

Don't see it if It was a pretty straightforward production, with nothing new about it, and suffers by comparison to the recent NYTW show.

410 Reviews | 74 Followers
86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you like Shakespeare's tragedies virtually uncut; an Iago who has humor & can sometimes seem genial (I loved Stoll's performance,many don't)

Don't see it if almost 3 hours is too long for you, you want a totally menacing Iago; don't want the risk of rain or outside noises (sirens, helicopters etc

419 Reviews | 99 Followers
80
I happily profess my prejudice for chuk iwuji

See it if you love Shakespeare in the Park. This is as others have said a solid Othello. I wish this had been staged at the Public.

Don't see it if You dont want to watch an anachronistic buffoonish Iago. His every entrance upset the balance. The women were clearly delineated, wellspoken Read more

384 Reviews | 132 Followers
69
Intermittently engaging

See it if you or a buddy already got/won tickets & the weather’s nice. Might as well. This is ok. Not a unique or detailed vision.

Don't see it if you plan to wait in line, or to not sit in your assigned seat & cause a disruptive musical chairs reaction throughout the entire section. Read more

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
June 18th, 2018

"Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s elegantly staged production is good-looking, well-spoken and intelligent, as easy on the ears as it is on the eyes. But you know that you’re not going to be dreaming about it later, or wishing that you could see it again. It’s a picturesque, nicely paced show that engages without enthralling or unsettling...While Iwuji and Stoll turn in crisp and lucid performances as the great general Othello and his envious ensign Iago, they don’t really stand out in a talented crowd."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 18th, 2018

"A satisfying and somewhat safe domestic tragedy rather than an epistemological nightmare...There’s a concrete practicality to nearly every choice, with the result that there’s little here to surprise you, but a lot to keep you entertained...Stoll’s Iago is a revelation. He cannot be written off as a demon, you must instead reckon with the evil in him because it finds a distant echo in the petty jealousies of your own heart."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 18th, 2018

"Stoll's rollicking portrayal of the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's classic takes some getting used to...His undeniably entertaining performance is the most unorthodox aspect of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's otherwise slavishly traditional staging...The approach feels refreshing...Unfortunately, that lack of daringness also results in the evening feeling stodgy and dull...the production lacks the passion and urgency necessary to make us care about the tragic fates of its principal figures."
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Entertainment Weekly
June 18th, 2018

"Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s confidently unfussy staging, and many of the performances by a cast that includes several Public Theater regulars, are a thrill to witness...As villianous Iago, Stoll brings a comic’s timing and puts over even very well known lines as if he is speaking extemporaneously. It is not only a delight to watch, it is a boon to anyone who avoids Shakespeare for fear of missing the meaning...This is a traditional take on the Moor, with all the trimmings."
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Deadline
June 18th, 2018

“An ‘Othello’ that does its best to put the focus on the killer and his doomed Desdemona...It’s an approach that works here and there....Iwuji couldn’t be more straightforward as the fatally jealous ‘Othello’...Stoll plays Iago from an altogether different angle, viciousness disguised as affability...His conversational, contemporary spin contrasts nicely with Iwuji’s more classical delivery – they’re a vivid pair...Most indelible, though, is Wright...Emilia is the voice that rings loudest.”
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New York Daily News
June 18th, 2018

"The primary tone of the accessibly middle-of-the-road revival directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson is beige. Not just because that’s the hue of the arch-filled set, plus some gilded costumes. But because the stakes in this Shakes don’t feel particularly high. Even when people start dropping like flies...The production seldom grabs...Stoll brings a contemporary glibness that leaches gravity...The show’s MVP is Alison Wright as Iago’s wife Emilia...She helps end things on a high."
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AM New York
June 18th, 2018

"The first half of the three-hour production runs smoothly, with fine performances from Corey Stoll as an expressive and jovial Iago and Chukwudi Iwuji as an unfazed, unusually young Othello. Alison Wright also stands out as Iago’s outspoken wife Emilia. But following intermission, as Iago’s scheme to destroy Othello rushes to its bitter end, the production loses its drive and dramatic tension, and the famous final scene is especially ineffective."
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Theatermania
June 18th, 2018

“Santiago-Hudson has successfully led his cast to performances that make all of these characters complicated, contradictory, and fully human...Far from an irrational brute, Iwuji portrays a military man ahead of his time...Stoll's Iago is confident, funny, and relaxed...Wright gives a standout performance...The production's one major misstep, Wieland's synth-heavy original compositions...Luckily, it doesn't much detract from Santiago-Hudson's timely production.”
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