Coriolanus OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 18, 2016
    Closing:
    November 20, 2016

    Theater: Barrow Street Theatre / 27 Barrow Street, New York, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    The streets are full of protest. Economic inequality strains the social fabric. Debates rage throughout a nation riddled with dissension and distrust. It’s election year in Rome, 493 B.C.E., and as unscrupulous politicians manipulate public opinion, the hypocrisy and humiliation of political campaigns drive away the country’s finest. But beneath this political drama looms the personal tragedy of one principled man’s emotional blindness.

    This visceral new production features Broadway luminary Patrick Page (Cymbeline, Spring Awakening) , Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Lisa Harrow (Wit, The Omen), two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Spinella and the New York debut of Dion Johnstone (Stratford Festival’s Othello, Titus, Macbeth) in the title role.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Coriolanus

    In ‘Coriolanus,’ a Politician for a Campaign Season

    Charles Isherwood

    October 30, 2016: You don’t have to squint too hard to discern unsettling contemporary relevance in the Red Bull Theater’s gripping new production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” which opened on Sunday at the Barrow Street Theater. The director, Michael Sexton, all but pulls out a pen and starts highlighting from the get-go. With the cast members wearing contemporary clothes — conservative suits or slouchy casual wear, depending on their class — the time, clearly, is now; the place, America. This is hardly an unusual approach for Shakespearean productions in any season, but “Coriolanus,” a late tragedy, exposes the dangerous rifts in the newly republican, deeply divided and highly stratified Roman society that ultimately led it to the brink of violent collapse.

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