texts&beheadings/ ElizabethR
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texts&beheadings/ ElizabethR

texts&beheadings/ ElizabethR NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging

About the Show

Part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, Compagnia de' Colombari presents England's greatest queen through her various writings, to reveal the soul and ever-shifting essence of an icon.

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Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Beautiful production. Not enough expostion. Better if you already know the history.

Don't see it if you're not interested in details of Elizabethan history

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
October 23rd, 2015

"This witty, hourlong performance piece was created by Karin Coonrod, a theater artist of far-reaching inventiveness...It deploys what might be called a style that deconstructs to reconstruct…This production provides a surprisingly graspable crash course in Elizabeth I and her times, clearly laying out archival evidence in different picturesque patterns. It’s up to us to assemble the final portrait."
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September 28th, 2015
For a previous production

"Coonrod's setup works, but is uneven....There's a lot of potential with this show. Expanding both the running time and material would not only strengthen this promising piece it would give the audience more of a chance to answer Coonrod's initial question...The show excels in its ability to present almost a case-study of one of history's earliest female leaders. Four gifted actresses bring her alive, but we're left wanting more."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
September 28th, 2015
For a previous production

"Director Karin Coonrod has a strikingly original approach to this complicated subject…The actresses each turn in excellent performances…For me, the switch from Elizabeth’s words to modern slang is sometimes jarring. Because the actresses are essentially reciting, it is hard occasionally to get emotionally involved with Elizabeth…As a tribute to a great queen, 'texts and beheadings/ElizabethR' succeeds superbly.”
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DC Theatre Scene
October 24th, 2015
For a previous production

"'Texts&beheadings' is more like portraiture than plot…Smartly, the four representations of the queen could not be any more different in tone, or portrayed by more different performers…It works almost like a Picasso painting, full of attention to perspectives and angles...What it does attempt it does well, and it serves to show how biographical texts can granted life onstage in imaginative and innovative ways."
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MD Theatre Guide
September 27th, 2015
For a previous production

“Coonrod’s biggest success in creating this work was her astuteness in combining the modern with the old in order to make something new…However, although the conception of 'texts&beheadings/ElizabethR' was appealing, parts of the performance were disjointed or lacking…Despite the complications in its execution the production captures the depth of Elizabeth’s story in an interesting new light: the fractured light of Coonrod’s kaleidoscope."
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October 2nd, 2015
For a previous production

"The lack of a chronology can make the play a bit confusing for those not familiar with the virgin queen…But these moments pass quickly, giving way to some beautiful aural and visual moments, like when the four queens sing in harmony…The four women make their own Elizabeth and enhance it with their own gifts...’Texts&beheadings/ElizabethR’ presents Elizabeth’s words in as many ways as it can to immerse the audience in her life."
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September 30th, 2015
For a previous production

"'Texts & Beheadings/ElizabethR' brings to life this brilliant woman through her personal poems, prayers and private letters…While there are plenty of dark moments in this play it is certainly punctuated with hilarity…If you’re a crazed Elizabethan fan you probably won’t be able to separate your existing love from this play. Someone less familiar with the life and times of Elizabeth might not find the joy in it but it’s definitely something to explore."
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