Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Titus Andronicus” with LCT nominations for lead actor (Nick Rose) and featured actor (Darnell Benjamin) as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.
One of the bloodiest plays in the canon, Titus Andronicus is full to the brim with revenge, murder, betrayal and crimes most atrocious. Titus Andronicus evokes startling, gruesome and tragic imagery as the mighty Roman general Titus faces off with his mortal enemy, Tamora, Queen of the Goths. Titus and Tamora, in a spiral of bloody revenge, trade murder for hideous murder, each more brutal than the last.
Panelists praised Nick Rose’s portrayal of Titus as “deliciously mad and steely”, portraying a “huge sea of emotions”. Darnell Benjamin played the unrepentant moor Aaron “powerfully and remarkably multi-dimensionally”. Overall the panelists thought the show was a “delicious Halloween treat…with just the right balance of wit, cheap thrills, and spectacle”, “blood and gore tempered with moments of honesty”. “Two stumps up!”
Titus Andronicus continues through November 11th. Tickets can be purchased at www.cincyshakes.com.
Final LCT awards will be determined at the end of the season and announced at the LCT gala in the spring.