Update 03/09/10: Review from opening night
Titus Andronicus is famous for being a fairly brutal play. Of course there’s the many different ways that Titus Andronicus has been portrayed over the years. There’s the artsy versions of this play with pretty red ribbons, symbolizing the blood that represents the woe and angst of poor, poor Lavinia. But I get the impression that “Mondo Andronicus” is not that type of play… At all… In the least bit! “Mondo Andronicus” sounds like it’ll be a gore hounds dream!
Now’ I’ve read this play, seen this play live, and watched it on DVD, and I can tell you this play was written by a young playwright out to make a name for himself. If Shakespeare wrote for Hollywood today, Titus Andronicus would be his Texas Chainsaw Massacre, except Shakespeare’s play is actually more brutal. Titus Andronicus a is sordid tale of rape, gore and unrepentant violence! To the point where several famous critics could not believe Shakespeare could have written such a play as this.
Now I personally have always enjoyed reading and watching horror movies, so none of this offends me. And I’ll be there to see how they’ll pull it off when it opens. So add this to your calendar of ye be brave, but consider yourself warned, this will not be a country stroll through fair Verona.
Mondo Anronicus: “All the Depravity and Violence, and None of the ‘Blah Blah Blah'”
Presented by The Molotov Theatre Group.
March 6, 2010 – April 3, 2010
Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 PM
You can read more about Titus Andronicus and the evils of Aaron the Moor here on MarylandShakespeare.com
You can find the opening night review here: Review from opening night