With grisly `Titus,' Shakespeare wrote the book on horror

New production doesn't shrink from the splatter

theater review

April 16, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun theater critic

Murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. The newest slasher flick at the multiplex? Or, the latest post-modern work by Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez?

No, the man behind this particular gore fest is the greatest writer in the English language, and the work is Titus Andronicus.

Titus Andronicus continues through May 20 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington. $19-$76.25. 877-487-8849 or shakespearetheatre.org.

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