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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

MD Theatre Guide Gets Excited About Arden of Faversham at the Atlas

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Brave Spirits Theatre is staging Arden of Faversham at the Atlas (1333 H Street) and it sounds like this is one show not to be missed. I'm only giving you the first line of the MD Theatre Guide review, but I think it makes the author's take on the show pretty clear (she LOVED it).
Crime in DC just got epic, because Arden of Faversham, produced by Brave Spirits Theatre and playing at the Atlas, is a killer show boiling over with adultery, deceit, and (drum roll, please!) murder. 
The Arden of Faversham is a rarely produced black comedy dealing in Elizabethan true crime. The show runs through April 18th. Tickets are $20.

P.S. If this appeals to you, you might also be interested in this note they posted on their website indicating the Virginia based group will be back in DC for the Capital Fringe Festival:

Summer 2015
Capital Fringe Festival

THE BLOODY BANQUET

by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton

This gory tragedy was extremely popular in the early 1600s, remaining in the professional repertoire for three decades. After 1642, however, the play disappeared from cultural consciousness and remained unperformed for over three hundred years. We believe Brave Spirits will be the first professional theatre company to produce this play in the modern era. The play tells the story of a tryant, Armatrites, who catches his wife committing adultery. He murders her lover, has his quartered body strung up, and tells his wife that her lover’s body shall be her only food. The plot is ripe with horrific elements: usurpation, revenge, and cannibalism. BST’s Artistic Director Charlene V. Smith partners with blood and violence expert Casey Kaleba to co-direct this play.

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