REVIEW: Tis Pity She’s a Whore @ Ottawa Fringe 2012

Ever wondered how the story would have went down if Romeo and Juliet were brother and sister? In this 400 year old play that’s almost never produced for it’s risque title and content, now you can find out.

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Tis a Pity She’s a Whore is a Jacobean tragedy written by John Ford and performed by Bear and Co. Giovanni is a young nobleman who has fallen is love with his sister, Annabella. And if you think that’s weird, she reciprocates his feelings, despite being pursued by several suitors. But wait, it gets better. They consummate their relationship and she becomes pregnant with his child. And so, it hits the fan. Now, I didn’t know this show was a tragedy when I sat down. The play has a lot of funny scenes and lines that are all hilarious. I started to get a little suspicious when they killed the fool early on. But rest assured that things will get darker and more depressing as the play goes on. The contrast is jarring but it makes the tragedy that much more effective.

Now, I don’t want you to think that’s it’s not a good play. It is. As I said, the company is amazing and every actor is very strong in their role. But it is a controversial play. It’s also long. It’s just less than 2 hours. But it has a good blend of comedy and tragedy and has an incredibly talented company attached to it, so it gets a 4.

Kurt Shantz

About Kurt Shantz

Kurt Shantz is a Theatre and Scriptwriting graduate and an occasional Should You See It reviewer. He currently works as a warehouse clerk, but has big aspirations of someday achieving his dream of becoming a senior warehouse clerk. He's also been known to write on occasion.

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