Waiting for Othello and Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief

William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is treated with amusing irreverence in two one-acts. Waiting for Othello by local playwright Bryan Maynard, imagines a prologue scene, set in a tavern and occurring just before the play itself opens. A Play About a Handkerchief, by the prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, informs us that Desdemona did some freelance work on the side. The plays are the third production from Trebuchet Players, and artistic director Tyrrell Woolbert says, “These shows do more than ask questions about Othello. Vogel and Maynard make their own compelling arguments about the world, and we aim to communicate them distinctly and powerfully. The evening includes a built-in drinking game and, in the second act, a style that evokes the wonder of the early days of cinema.” Unfamiliarity with Othello in no way interferes with savoring the hilarity.

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sunday, September 14, and 8 p.m. Thursday, September 18. Through September 20. The Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. For information, 318-423-0281 or visit trebuchetplayers.org. $10 to $20.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 14, 3 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through Sept. 20, 2014

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