Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s Â â€œTitus Andronicusâ€ 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.Â Titus and Tamora, in a spiral of bloody revenge, trade murder for hideous murder, each more brutal than the last.
Panelists praised Nick Roseâ€™s portrayal of Titus as â€œdeliciously mad and steelyâ€, portraying a â€œhuge sea of emotionsâ€. Darnell Benjamin played the unrepentant moor Aaron â€œpowerfully and remarkably multi-dimensionallyâ€. Overall the panelists thought the show was a â€œdelicious Halloween treatâ€¦with just the right balance of wit, cheap thrills, and spectacleâ€, â€œblood and gore tempered with moments of honestyâ€. â€œTwo stumps up!â€
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.