n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Othello : theatre reviews

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



John Kani's production of premiered in April of this year at the Wits Amphitheatre, with an all-student cast pooled from Wits's own School of Arts and an interpretation fashioned for broad appeal, focusing on the noble Moor who loved "not wisely but too well" (5.2.347). The production came across as a theatrical training exercise, and it was chiefly the young actors and actresses who benefited from Kani and Sarah Roberts's experience as accomplished professionals. However, the play itself lacked its expected tragic force, as a result of a pronounced emphasis on the interpretative angle of Love (capital 'L') in the context of interracial marriage, which was promoted at the expense of the competing relationship between Othello and his demi-devil ensign, Iago.

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