A gorgeous Othello at The Folger

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 21, 2011 8:19 AM |
Othello

In the title role in Othello at Folger Theatre, gorgeous Owiso Odero -- all rippling robes and rippling abs -- carries himself like a man more at home on the catwalk than on the battlefield. This raises the possibility that villainous Iago doesn't hate Othello because he's black, or because of his superior military rank. Maybe he just hates him because he's beautiful. In fact, it's an overwhelmingly pretty world on the Folger stage that contains the ugliness Shakespeare set out to convey -- all the hatred and envy that motivates Iago to destroy Othello, and all the jealousy and rage Othello has within him to destroy himself. To Dec. 4. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $35 to $60. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.

Read Jonathan Padget's full review here.

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