by Paula Citron
Director David Latham’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello is downright exciting. The tension is relentless as Iago, played by Jonathan Goad, weaves his treachery around the Moor’s jealousy. In a smaller theatre, Goad’s bad mannerism of dropping his end words is much dissipated so one can appreciate his very good acting without the usual irritation.
Philip Akin is Othello and Claire Jullien is Desdemona. Both are weaker vessels but they suit the roles. We have to believe that Othello can be manipulated while being attractive to the romantic schoolgirl notions of Desdemona. Having an actress the stature of Lucy Peacock as Emilia stiffens the play’s backbone immeasurably. The rest of the cast is very strong with Jeffrey Wetsch as Cassio being a stand-out. He is on his way to leading man glory.
The star, however, is director Latham who clearly understands both Shakespearean language and plot action. Everything works in this production.
Othello continues until Sept. 22.
From the Stratford Festival’s Tom Patterson Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.