The Changeling OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 26, 2015
    Closing:
    January 24, 2016

    Theater: Lucille Lortel Theatre / 121 Christopher Street, New York, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    Beatrice is in love with Alsemero — who is unfortunately not her fiancé. But when she employs her loathsome servant De Flores to bump off her betrothed, the price is her own virgin flesh. Together with a madcap subplot set in an insane asylum, this brilliant and rarely performed Jacobean tragicomedy explores the follies of love and the nature of madness.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Changeling

    ‘The Changeling,’ Where Murder Is the Natural Solution

    Charles Isherwood

    January 11, 2016: Sensation slides into silliness in “The Changeling,” a 1622 tragedy — with generous dollops of comedy — by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. The convoluted story grows more lurid and strained as the play hurtles toward its predictably bloody conclusion, but with a fine cast bringing sufficient heat to the panting plotlines, the Red Bull Theater and its artistic director, Jesse Berger, once again win admiration for presenting a rarely seen drama from the Jacobean era with highly caffeinated verve. (Their previous productions include Middleton’s “Women Beware Women” and “The Revenger’s Tragedy.”) Sara Topham, who appeared in the most recent Broadway production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” plays Beatrice, the central female role, a young and comely Spanish noblewoman who is instantly smitten with Alsemero (Christian Coulson), who is smitten right back. This development poses a significant problem, since Beatrice’s marriage to Alonzo de Piracquo (John Skelley), approved by her father, Vermandero (Sam Tsoutsouvas), is expected to take place imminently.

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