It’s hard to do anything original with Shakespeare, but the New Place Players’ production of Othello employs chamber music and theater in the round in an intimate 50-person “found space” to magical effect. Othello is the Shakespeare play that most directly confronts race and power along his more standard themes of sex and jealousy.

In the New Place production in New York City, the actors’ swordplay comes literally right to your feet, you’ll see the lines, not as musty words on the page, but a timeless story that demands your attention in a new, urgent way.

Othello is now playing at Casa Clara, 218 East 25th Street, New York City through March 25. Get tickets now.

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