Lolita Chakrabarti wrote a mediocre play about an important subject. The Old Globe Theatre's puzzling, under-rehearsed opening night was no help. In 1833, legendary tragedian Edmund Kean collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Ira Aldridge, African-American and one of history's greatest actors, filled in -- the first black man to play the role. According to audiences and racist critics, he failed. The play asks why he never performed at London's Theatre Royale after that. Except for Allison Mack (precise and human as Ellen Tree), the cast shouted, most with homemade accents, and played cartoons instead of characters.
Ongoing until Sunday, April 30, 2017
|Sundays, 2pm & 7pm|
|Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm|