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I went to see "Othello" yesterday.

I went to see "Othello" yesterday. It was put on at the Ningbo Grand Theatre and starred Eugene Washington as Othello, Holly Hinton as Desdemona, and David Chittenden as Iago. It wasn't that bad. They won't win any acting awards for it, but it was enjoyable all the same.

The theatre is weird. It's a big theatre. It could be an amazing theatre but the fact is they don't seem to know how to run a "good theatre" here. I mean there's no community theatre or standard "local company." The play didn't start till 7:30, and they didn't turn the lights on till 6:45. You couldn't buy a drink or do anything before the play started. There's a feeling here that the "Party" thinks "You'll learn stuff here and you better enjoy it if you know what's good for you" and that doesn't include doing anything that involves you doing anything that can be interpreted as "bad for you." The result is that the theatre experience wasn't anything like I've experienced before.

The play was your standard fayre. They didn't do much with the play, but I'm surprised that it was almost more about Iago than Othello. Certainly I liked Iago more than Othello. Internally I was thinking "Grow a pair Othello" through much of the play. He's a complete wimp, too dependent on others and has virtually no self esteem if you ask me. I found that surprising given how successful a warrior he was.

The biggest problem with the play is the part where Othello becomes jealous drags. I found that middle third tedious and I rather think that it's the most important part of the play, which dragged the play down some.

Finally, I know that the play is a "traveling production," but the set still sucks. I don't expect it to be intricate, but I expected better than some clapboard and rugs, which is what we got from this production.

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