Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 24 2013
Price: $20
Men don't enter into Paula Vogel's rewrite of Shakespeare's Othello—literally, none appear onstage—but a sense of masculinity, like a slap to the face, lingers. No longer a porcelain child of Venetian purity, Desdemona delights in lewd mischief with members of her husband's infantry. She dabbles in prostitution under the pretense of exploring new worlds, only to rediscover the basest parts of the one she already knows and loathes. That the play happens in one room—and that room is the maid Emilia's quarters—further highlights woman's posterior place in the male mind. In this Sea Change Theatre production, Amber Hargroder is too vulgar as the local madam, Bianca, but Jill Oliver captures Desdemona's flirty caprice without obscuring it in silliness. As Emilia, Maria Margaglione has righteousness on her side. —Jena Cutie



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