New York | 2h 40m | Already closed

The Execution of Mrs. Cotton

From 4 critic and 1 member reviews
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)

Theater Pizzazz

"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 the script as a jumping off point to go big with staging and encourage larger-than-life performances and all of it is too much...I will take flawed work from spit&vigor over uninspired theater." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"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 is an entertaining study of a serial killer in the postbellum South. Otherwise, it exists as a piece that ultimately suffers from a script that poisons the efforts given by its actors." Full Review

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