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Preview: Joffrey Ballet/Othello

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Photo courtesy Herbert Migdoll

Photo courtesy Herbert Migdoll


The Joffrey reprises Lar Lubovitch’s evening-length interpretation of the famous tale—a theme of Chicago stages this year; the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Lyric Opera are also staging productions of the tragedy of the Moor. The Joffrey first performed Lubovitch’s high-drama story ballet in 2009 and many of the same dancers can be seen in title roles many nights: willowy, girlish April Daly as Desdemona, Matthew Adamczyk a perfectly arch and seething Iago, and towering Fabrice Calmels the quintessential Othello, a great warrior carved from stone. George Tsypin’s spare set is a fittingly dark expression of the characters’ internal worlds and complementary to the modernism of musical score and choreography. Projections by Wendall K. Harrington fill in the rest with images of Venice, a cathedral and, most memorably, a stormy, threatening sea. (Sharon Hoyer)

At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (312)386-8905. Wednesday, April 24 -Sunday, May 5. $31-$152.

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