Most advanced Othello concept yet?

Hugh Richmond

Blogging Shakespeare   Jun 07, 2018 04:25 pm

By Kelsey Ridge, the Shakespeare Institute.

I was drawn to Gemma Bodinetz’s Othello at Liverpool’s Everyman largely for its high-concept approach: Othello (played by Golda Rosheuvel) is a lesbian.  An Othello with a lesbian Othello and bisexual Desdemona is one I believe can illuminate the text’s issues and is one I have wanted to see for years.  Unfortunately, despite the clarity of the concept, this production never managed to execute the necessary depth to achieve luminosity.  Its weak spots largely surround what had been key to its concepts: gender and queer sexuality. . . .

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