The Colorado Shakespeare Festival: 6/26 – 8/8
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Othello” is an evening of thoroughly satisfying theatre.
Peter Macon’s Othello is authentic. Right down to his African accent! Emmy Award winner Macon commands the stage while being gulled through an arc involving jealous rage, epilepsy and murder.
Geoffrey Kent’s Iago (he also did the fight direction!) is solid gold. It’s thrilling to see Kent succeed again after his superb Hotspur last season.
Sam Gregory delivers his usual professional excellence as Desdemona’s father, Brabantio!
Laura Baranik provides a fetching Desdemona. Vanessa Morosco’s Emilia is powerfully well put forth.
Director Lisa Wolpe has cast the show’s principals impeccably and paced the show in such a way that it flies by riveting throughout. An aesthetically beautiful and functional set with crisp clean lines provides the perfect frame for this Shakespearean tragedy.
Hugh Hanson’s costume design is full of eye-poppers from the regal accoutrements of Anne Sandoe as the Duchess of Venice to Iago’s leathers to the gowns of Desdemona.
Shannon McKinney’s Lighting Design keeps everything in perfect focus while managing to be completely transparent.
Jason Ducat’s sound design enhances the evening immeasurably both with naturalistic sound and reverberations designed to heighten the pulse rate.
This production comes with high recommendations from this reviewer’s desk.Marlowe's Musings
For tickets call the box office: 303-492-8008 or go online at www.coloradoshakes.org