‘Othello’ Review: Chukwudi Iwuji, Corey Stoll & No Gimmicks In Central Park

‘Othello’ Review: Chukwudi Iwuji, Corey Stoll & No Gimmicks In Central Park
For this summer’s first Free Shakespeare in the Park presentation (opening tonight), director Ruben Santiago-Hudson delivers an Othello that does its best to put the focus on the killer and his doomed Desdemona, but that weasel of all weasels Iago just won’t be ignored.

That’s partly because Corey Stoll plays the ultimate conniver with such a convivial air that turning away isn’t much of an option.

Much like the gimmick-free production itself – aside from bits of rock-star leather, Toni-Leslie James’ costumes are sumptuous black and gold period dress, as if to scotch any memory of last summer’s controversial Trumpian suit & tie Julius Caesar – Chukwudi Iwuji couldn’t be more straightforward as the fatally jealous Othello, whose love for Desdemona (Boardwalk Empire‘s Heather Lind) spirals into violent obsession.

Though the racial underpinnings of the play aren’t overlooked – more
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