Othello: The Remix | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 27 2013
Price: $20-$35
This slick hip-hop-style reinterpretation of Othello dumbs down Shakespeare's verbal, psychological, and emotional complexity to adolescent levels, draining the drama from the classic tale of a jealous husband who murders his adoring wife. Turning Othello from a Moorish military officer into a rapper from the ghetto, writer-directors Jeffrey and Gregory Qaiyum (aka the Q Brothers)—along with actors Postell Pringle and Jackson Doran—narrate the action in singsong, often sloppily rhymed couplets backed by an insistent electronic beat. The all-male crew tackle multiple roles, resorting to cartoonish caricatures. Oddly, Othello's doomed bride, Desdemona, is represented only as an invisible synthesized voice, while other female characters are played as bimbos or nags—a troubling take on an ever-timely story of male sexual jealousy and domestic violence. —Albert Williams

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