Othello | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles Isherwood

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Othello.
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Critical Essay by Charles Isherwood

SOURCE: Isherwood, Charles. “Review of Othello.Variety 385, no. 5 (17-23 December 2001): 42-3.

In the following review of the Public Theater's 2001 Othello, Isherwood remarks on the weakening of the drama's tragic anguish caused by its focus on Iago as enacted by Liev Schreiber—a performance unmatched by Keith David's “respectable” Othello or those of the remainder of the cast.

Destruction is raised to the level of art in Othello, and audiences couldn't ask for a more captivating creator of chaos than the Iago of Liev Schreiber, the latest and finest in this exemplary young actor's growing gallery of Shakespeare performances for the Public Theater. Title notwithstanding, Shakespeare's tragedy is dominated on the page and often on the stage by its nihilistic antihero, and such is...

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