Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

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Review | ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore | By John Ford | Directed by Jesse Berger | Duke on 42nd Street

… a great theatrical experience …

Amelia Pedlow as Annabella and Matthew Amendt as Giovanni. Photo Richard Termine

Amelia Pedlow as Annabella and Matthew Amendt as Giovanni. Photo Richard Termine

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore is a brilliant and uncompromising play about forbidden sexual love. Probably first performed between 1629 and 1633 and not often since, it’s often seemed too hot to handle — one can see why.  Taking  conflict in romantic love to the extreme, ‘Tis Pity studies through the unfolding of drama what happens if the lovers are subjected to an ultimate obstacle – incest.

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Review | Orpheus X | Written and Composed by Rinde Eckert | Directed by Robert Woodruff | With Rinde Eckert, Suzan Hanson and John Kelly | Video by Denise Marika | Duke on 42nd Street | Theater for a New Audience

… so that’s what it’s like down in Hades …

I thought Rinde Eckert’s two-person play, And God Created the Great Whales, was one of the greatest pieces of theater I’d ever seen so I was keen to see Orpheus X, a multi-media performance piece with drama, singing, instrumental music, and video, that recounts the ancient myth in contemporary terms.  It has touches of genius, and is also somewhat tiresome, darn it!

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