Beyond Dialogue: Shakespeare's Othello -- Silent Theater from Synetic
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The last date listed for Speak No More: Othello was Sunday November 6, 2011 / 7:30pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Margaret Wohler
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We were wondering how Synetic could perform Othello without words...and wow, they did it! Amazing performance...absolutely pyrotechnic movements, clever sets and staging, no dull moments. I loved how they acted out idioms that everyone could understand, universally...great for non-English speakers or hearing impaired. Fantastic production...kudos
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My husband and I went to the performance and greatly enjoyed it. As others have reviewed already, while without words, the quality of actors is so good that you do not need words, and other media supplement well. This is a second play in a trio...continued
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“Smashing production… a genre that it has all but reinvented–vacuuming out the dialogue in Shakespeare’s greatest works and redecorating with mesmerizing movement… scorching physicality… a marvelous infusion of up-to-the-minute visual technique.” – The Washington Post
“Othello wows without words…Synetic is certainly one of the most innovative theater arts organizations in the DC area, indeed, in the US.” – DC Examiner
Fresh off of its nine Helen Hayes Award Nominations and three Awards, Synetic’s edgy, mind-bending take on Othello will work its magic on the Crystal City stage.
The machinations of Iago are as labyrinthine and dark as the struggles of his mind, and these are all made manifest in Othello. The rapid ascent of the powerful Othello and his love affair with the beautiful Desdemona is thrilling to watch, but it literally fractures the jealous Iago. Themes of love, jealousy, race and perception are explored through the use of onstage projections, a shifting geometric set, and the swirling choreography and physical expression of Synetic’s performers and creators. Othello represents a bold new step in the evolution of the silent theater for which Synetic has become acclaimed.