Onstage: Othello

It's the final week for Cincinnati Shakespeare's production of a classic domestic tragedy built on a foundation of jealousy and misunderstanding. It's guest directed by Drew Fracher, whose past work for various Cincinnati theater companies is always thou

It’s the final week for Cincinnati Shakespeare’s production of a classic domestic tragedy built on a foundation of jealousy and misunderstanding. It's guest directed by Drew Fracher, whose past work for various Cincinnati theater companies is always thoughtful and comprehensive. His aim with this Othello was to build a streamlined and suspenseful production with a small cast and spare setting.

“What’s so relatable about this play, I believe, are these feelings of jealousy and doubt that I think everyone has encountered in their own intimate relationships,” Fracher says. “With this production, we want to present the passion and poetry of Shakespeare with a directness and immediacy that pulls the audience into this very personal drama.”

The role of the passionate military man who’s easily misled is played by New York-based actor David Ryan Smith, whose credits include Passing Strange on Broadway. The production also features members of Cincinnati Shakespeare’s resident company — Kelly Mengelkoch as the ill-fated Desdemona, Jeremy Dubin as the scheming Iago and Sherman Fracher as his virtuous but conflicted wife Emilia. It’s a powerful tale that never fails to move audiences.

Through April 3. Tickets are $20-$26.

Read Tom McElfresh's review and get showtimes and buy tickets here.

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