Star Crossed Plays Receive Different Critical Fates
Othello at Boston TheatreWorks appears to be generating some critical buzz. The Globe liked it, and Will Stackman, (who is very discerning when it comes to the Shakespeare,) trumpets that it is the BTW's best Bard yet.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Charles River, the ART's conceptual Romeo and Juliet is suffering some critical drubbing from all corners. Bill Marx, The Globe, The Herald, and Will Stackman all meet together to drub the high concept, experimental work at the Loeb.
Terry Byrne of the Herals delivers the most potent zinger right at the top; "Note to the American Repertory Theatre: Move the poison scene up to Act II, and make it a game of ‘‘pass the bottle."