Titus Andronicus

When: Aug. 3-31 2012

Riveting is the word that jumps to mind when I think of Shakespeare by the Sea's Titus Andronicus. It begins and ends with violent death, and oozes death in between, yet I challenge anyone to take their eyes away. It’s a production that grabs you by the throat and releases you, exhausted and spent, two hours later. Marty Burt commands the stage as Titus, and despite the perversity of Titus' hot-and-cold parental love, Burt manages to make you forgive and root for the broken warrior. Kimberley Cody gives a powerful performance as the bold, sexy and wily goth queen Tamora. And in a play filled with more action than emotion, her unheeded plea for her son’s life brought tears to my eyes. And although the atrocities would have spilled literally gallons of blood, the squeamish need not worry. The violence is stylized and portrayed with restraint. (KW) Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park

Price: $15

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