Benito Cereno OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 25, 0201
    Closing:
    October 16, 2011

    Theater: The Flea Theater / 41 White Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    First produced in 1965, when it won an Obie Award as part of the Robert Lowell trilogy "The Old Glory," Benito Cereno has not been seen in New York since a 1976 revival.
    Based on Melville's novel, Benito Cereno is set in 1770 and depicts the mysterious events that occur when an American merchant vessel comes upon a battered Spanish ship with its nearly all-black crew and a white captain, Benito Cereno.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Benito Cereno

    Strange Ship, Stranger Crew

    Ken Jaworowski

    October 4, 2011: “Benito Cereno” has so much to say. Based on a novella by Herman Melville, the play, by the poet Robert Lowell, is keen to rail against oppression and condemn political hypocrisy. It’s a pity, then, that the stagey production by the Horizon Theater Rep sometimes muffles the script’s voice.

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