‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE (FREUD PLAYHOUSE): 100% – SWEET

Cheek by Jowl and CAP UCLA presents Gina Bramhill and Orlando James in “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” at the Frued Playhouse. Credit: Manuel Harlan.

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Cheek By Jowl’s revival leaves you with the same disquieting frisson of a Tarantino film or McDonagh play, raising questions about the artistic purpose of shock and horror that have no easy answers and may send you home more disturbed than entertained.
Charles McNulty – LA Times

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The true pity would be to miss this extraordinary production.
Thomas Antoinne – Stage and Cinema

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It seems there’s nothing to pity here, and no blame leveled at the title character, as the original script’s last line is omitted. What’s left is a vivid evening of storytelling—and any judgment is up to us.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

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Donnellan first mounted a modern dress version of the play in 1980, shortly before Cheek by Jowl formed, and many of its apparently brighter theatrical ideas seem at this date shopworn, somewhat antique and orthodox. Even so, it gains in power as the outrages mount, and ultimately its determination to stubbornly resist the tide of true conviction allows the climaxes some of the scabrous shock of this potboiler to strike afresh.
Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

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So, whether you embrace the darkness of this classic tale, or repel from it in horror, “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” way down to its very core, is unequivocally a “delightful abomination.” And I’m perfectly all right with that.
Michelle Sandoval – EdgeLosAngeles

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This weekend I saw a play that I really wish you could see. It was director Declan Donnellan’s version of “Tis Pity She’s a Whore.” With his British company Cheek by Jowl, he breathed fresh life into a 400 year old classic. With a physically adventurous cast he made an old morality tale feel disturbingly, sexually present and managed to elicit an audible gasp from the audience. Mr. Donnellan brought such clarity and intent to this dusty text that you felt every word, understood every nuance and chuckled at jokes that in other productions sit like fossils.
Anthony Byrnes – KCRW

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The interplay between (the play’s) past and (our) present clarifies the action through twists and turns of performance, while dance interludes distract from the horrors to come. It may be a production that has something to offend everyone, but it is an inventive, instructive and welcome piece of world theatre.
Leigh Kennicott – Stagehappenings

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Even so, Cheek by Jowl’s production, like a heady night at an in-crowd club, is a bodaciously rip-snorting, bodice-ripping good time.
Jon Magaril – CurtainUp

‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE
Presented by Cheek by Jowl and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
Freud Playhouse, UCLA, Westwood
8 p.m Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; Ends Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
Tickets: $40-$65; (310) 825-2101
Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

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