Already closed | 2h 40m | West Village

The Execution of Mrs. Cotton

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Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Dizzying

About the show

Theater 4the People and spit&vigor presents a new play with music about the life and times of Elva Zona Heaster Cotton, a serial killer in the post-Civil War South.  More…

Cotton preys, as all serial killers do, on victims who are most vulnerable to her: her husband and children. By taking a sympathetic look at the art of murder, this play explores the value of women’s work, their art, and their voices, and examines how several working-class men become vulnerable to a female serial killer while the world around them rapidly industrializes. Loosely based on a 'willful misunderstanding' of the historical context outlined in 'Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Serial Killer' by David Wilson, 

2h 40m | Already closed | IRT Theater (West Village)

Member Reviews (1)


Confusing, Great acting, Dizzying

Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you wants to see an intense play with conflicting characters and great acting

Don't see it if you don't like to see limited staging which made the characters crowded. The story is a little confusing to absorb

July 18th, 2016
“While it’s refreshing to see a young company tackle period melodrama, the show, from spit&vigor, is erratic rather than rollicking...Mostly Ms. Fellini (whose performance is strangely impassive) and the director, Samuel Adams, tend to retreat instead of fully committing to their story’s most del...
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July 17th, 2016
"The performances given by much of the cast are all top-notch. Fellini carries the piece exceedingly well…However, these performances get bogged down behind a script that needs serious revisions, edits, and an overall focus on what it is that's important to the show’s central message…At times, it...
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July 22nd, 2016
"There is so much to admire about Fellini’s play, as messy as its first production is. Fellini is a writer with supreme vision...As she continues to explore her fascination with troubled female leads, her scope becomes more magnificent and what follows is in serious need of editing…Adams takes th...
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July 19th, 2016
"In this mostly joyless production, Sara Fellini wears many hats. She is the playwright as well as the scar-faced yet comely title character...What she fails to do, however, is to create any likable character or find much purpose behind the on-stage homicidal tirades…The biggest sin is to let the...
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