Othello | Gift Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2014
Price: $20-$35
Representation is a controversial subject in the theater these days. Who gets to play a Puerto Rican? An Asian? A transsexual? Puerto Ricans, Asians, and transsexuals? Or George Chakiris (in West Side Story), Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon), and Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)? Personally, I understand the economic and political arguments for authenticity in casting. There's a lot of lost income to be recovered, a lot of silly makeup effects to be avenged. But it's not as easy to justify aesthetically. I mean, what's the point of acting, or doing any transformative art for that matter, if it's considered regressive to transform? Ambiguities creep in even when you're dealing with Shakespeare. I think we'd all agree that King Charles II made the right choice along about 1660, when he officially permitted women to perform female roles on the English stage. But what would be the correct ruling on whether Al Pacino has the right to portray Shylock? Continue reading >>

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