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Othello by William Shakespeare
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Aug 11, 09

bookshelves: drama, school-reads
Read in January, 2003

I’m better acquainted with the operatic adaption Otello. During high school I was wowed by The Washington Opera’s production of Verdi’s opera. In college, I had the thrill of being in the chorus for a Utah Opera production in Salt Lake City. Those experiences brought to life some of the key themes of the original play: the macho attitude that precipitates jealousy and violence, and the tragic implications of hasty judgment. For those well-versed in Shakespeare’s original, the operatic version is worth taking in.

In college I finally got around to reading Shakespeare’s play, and seeing Lawrence Fishburn’s performance in a film adaptation. This is a solid work, not my favorite, but very engrossing and deeply human. Make sure to catch it one way or the other.
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