The White Devil is playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre located at 121 Christopher Street. It runs two hours with one intermission. The play closes on April 14, 2019.
Robert Cuccioli was nominated for a Tony Award in 1997 for Jekyll and Hyde.
The last revival of this play was in 1965 at Circle in the Square starring Frank Langella.
John Webster (1580-1634) was the playwright. He was a Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies.
Flamineo (Tommy Schridier) is the brother of Vittoria (Lisa Birnbaum). Her husband Camillo (Derek Smith) is asking advice how to be intimate with his wife. He gives him advice.
Vittoria Corombona is in love with Duke of Brachiano (Daniel Oreskes). Brachiano asks Flamineo to find someone kill his wife Isabella (Jenny Bacon) and Comillo. The deed is done. Francisco de Medici, Duke of Florence (T. Ryder Smith) is trying to control what’s going on. Monticelso, his ally, a Cardinal, later the pope (Robert Cuccioli) .
Giovanni is the son of Brachiano and Isabella is being looked after. Vittoria is arrested spends some time in jail. When she gets out she marries Brachiano. At the wedding Francisco has sex with Zanche, servant of Vittoria. She has a patch over the left side of her face. There are scares under it.
Monticelso gives the Duke of Florence a book he kept with confessions that he heard.
There weren’t many characters left at the end.
This is a confusing play. The dialect is hard to understand. Once you get into the play it’s okay, but by that point who cares. There isn’t much of a character build up.
The cast was outstanding. Lisa Birnbaum is sexy one time and then fighting for her life another. Cherie Corinne Rice, Jenny Bacon and Derek Smith play to different characters without skipping a beat. They all were amazing.
It’s a great cast but is it enough to see this bad play.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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