Review: 'Venice' is a pulsating hip-hop adventure
This undated theater publcity image released by The Public Theater shows actress Jennifer Damiano in the Public Lab musical "Venice," running at The Public Theater at Astor Place in New York. Damiano is following up her role as Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" with a darker, less cartoonish young woman in "Venice," a thrilling musical that debuts at the Public this month. It marks her return to the stage after taking time off after a five-year nonstop grind. (AP Photo/The Public Theater, Joan Marcus)
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) - The rafters are shaking downtown at the Public Theater, where the dynamic new hip-hop musical, "Venice," is rocking the Anspacher Theater. It's a potent, dystopian mashup of rap music, Shakespeare's "Othello," sibling rivalry and political intrigue. And there's a sweet love story, too.
Intricate vocal harmonies infuse the pulsating anthems and ballads performed by a youthful, energetic cast, and the staging is acrobatic and effective, in the irresistible Public Lab production that opened Thursday night. Director Eric Rosen co-created the book and co-wrote the lyrics with Matt Sax, who wrote the music.
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