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Cast of TITUS ANDRONICUS. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

TITUS ANDRONICUS presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company through Nov. 2. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Paul Riopelle as Marcus Andronicus and Jim Hopkins as Titus Andronicus. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Director Jeremy Dubin embraces the absurdity of the script, making Shakespeare’s tragedy more a dark (and bloody) comedy. As the mayhem escalates in this murderous game of one-upmanship, the raucous opening-night audience was rooting for the deaths of these unredeemable villains.

The leads clearly relished playing the heavies, with great performances by Jim Hopkins, Miranda McGee, Maggie Lou Rader & Darnell Pierre Benjamin. Strong supporting work by Patrick Earl Phillips, Paul Riopelle and Rupert Spraul.

Congratulations to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company on a slashing good time, perfect for the Halloween season. 

My rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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