New York Magazine

The King and His Wartime Consigliere

David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig bring crackle to a modern-dress Othello.
David Oyelowo

OTHELLO

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD.

NEW YORK THEATER WORKSHOP. THROUGH JANUARY 18.

AS BEFITS ITS all-or-nothing love story, Othello is Shakespeare’s most intense play, in part because it eschews his usual ADHD dramaturgy. The tragedy of the Moorish general who becomes a hero in his adopted land, who marries the pearl of its gentry, Desdemona, and is then gulled by his ensign, Iago, into murdering her in a jealous rage, is barely interrupted by the familiar Shakespearean sideshows. Claustrophobic and headlong instead of spacious and digressive, it confines itself to just two settings: imperial Venice for the

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