Gem of the Ocean and Titus Andronicus Receive Great Reviews
Gem of the Ocean, which opened on October 17, filled the Colwell Playhouse. The News-Gazette’s reviewer described it as “powerful, complex, and sacramental.” She called the production “first rate,” singling out lighting, scenic design, and new dance work for praise. A reviewer for the local indie site Smile Politely called the show “near-perfect,” saying it “is edging its way toward the top of my best of 2019 list.”
Titus Andronicus and Gem of the Ocean Receive Great Reviews
No less a success, Titus Andronicus used the intimacy of the Studio Theatre to its best effect. A reviewer in the News-Gazette found it captivating and bracing, noting that it was “not for the faint of heart.” Smile Politely saw Titus as relevant and cathartic, noting that the production took risks that paid off. Both reviews highlighted the intensity of the experience, and Smile Politely particularly reflected on the standout role of student actor Leojae Payton in the role of Aaron.