Otello (Audio CD) Reviews
Description:ISBN 0521794714 / Author: William Shakespeare / Genre: Classic Literature / Narrators: Anton Lesser, Hugh Quarshie, Hugh Quarshie / The complete, unabridged New Cambridge Shakespeare text of Othello, recorded by a full, professional cast, with sound effects and accompanying ... more
Otello (Audio CD) ... music. The set of three cassettes/CDs is accompanied by notes and a synopsis of the play, enabling instant access to particular scenes and speeches. Cast includes Hugh Quarshie as Othello, Anton Lesser as Iago and Hugh Quarshie as Desdemona. An extraordinary play, both for its dramatic economy and power as well as its remarkable language, from Othello's bombastic "traveller's history" to Desdemona's elegiac "willow song", the play raises uncomfortable questions about ongoing questions of not only racial identity but also sexuality, as Othello and Desdemona's sexual relationship becomes the voyeuristic site of Iago's attempt to destroy them. Particularly fascinated with the question of what it means to "see", Othello also contains one of the greatest tragic death scenes in all of Shakespeare, with Othello's final identification with "a malignant and a turbaned Turk".