Sellars at least took Othello seriously; consequently, his leaden mess of a production showed how little his serious methodology can achieve. A meaningless set centered on a bank of video monitors; a glib transposition to contemporary life that vitiated the drama; a deaf ear to both the sense and the sound of the text; a cast ill-prepared and misguided, some trapped in absurd conflations of several roles. Even at that, John Ortiz, Liza Colon-Zayas, and Saidah Arrika Ekulona showed that, given a different director, they and Shakespeare might work well together.

Another Chicago hits Broadway: Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain
Joan Marcus
Another Chicago hits Broadway: Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain

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A Steady Rain
By Keith Huff
Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street, 212-239-6200

Tosca
By Giacomo Puccini
Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center, 212-362-6000

Othello
By William Shakespeare
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place, 212-539-8500

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