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Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park to end season with 'Othello'

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park brings its 2012 summer season to a close with “Othello.”
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: September 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012

But it was Kevin Asselin's performance as Iago, who sometimes seemed bent on destroying Othello for the sake of destroying him, that provided the play with much of its grim fascination. A force of human nature's dark side, Asselin's Iago made the audience an uncomfortable part of his plan to take advantage of Roderigo's love for Desdemona, and Cassio's love for one drink too many.

Robert Bowman portrayed Roderigo as just enough of a “fool for love,” while Bryant Belknapp gave the right foursquare, slightly clueless quality to Cassio, whose promotion over Iago triggers the action.

Directed by D. Lance Marsh, “Othello” could seem long and melodramatic at times, but kept drawing you back with the sheer theatricality onstage. Boasting excellent period costumes designed by Robert Pittenridge, original music by Davis Good, and scarily believable fights choreographed by Asselin, it is recommended during its run.

— John Brandenburg