April 5 — May 11, 2014
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Chris Coleman
Set in 17th century Venice, this is Shakespeare’s profound tragedy of the power of love and jealousy. A highly esteemed general serving the state of Venice, Othello, secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a senator. As their marriage is revealed, jealousies around their love match and Othello’s rise to prominence are unleashed, piling secret upon secret, and betrayal upon betrayal. A society seething with intrigue sets the stage for the ultimate tragedy—when love does not trust, and power is prized above all things.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
View our Season Calendar for a full list of performances and dates.
The estimated run time is two hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.
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Note: Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted.
Portland Center Stage’s production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.
This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.
30 April 2014 & Posted by Carolyn DeLany-Reif
Portland Center Stage donors were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of our wonderful Gerding Theater at the Armory.More
30 April 2014 & Posted by Sarah Mitchell
This season, PCS’ Education & Community Programs Department launched a new touring Shakespeare program we’re calling “All’s Fair in Love & Shakespeare.” Come check us out in a free public performance at the Central Library on Saturday, May 10.More
24 April 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
A handy guide to remind you that everybody dies.More
Reviews and Features
Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 14 Apr 2014]
“Othello’” at Portland Center Stage is Tightly Focused, Wonderfully Rich
“Shadows abound, and golden light plays upon on an impressive hunk of dark, thick-walled Italian Renaissance architecture with its rounded arches that takes us to both 17th-century Venice and Cyprus, and wonderfully rich period costumes by Susan E. Mickey fairly stagger with the weight of layered fabrics, furs and jewels. Then Shakespeare’s language, his story, pierces through all this heavy opulence like a knife, sharp, clear and potent as delivered by a stellar cast.
“It’s a tightly focused, mesmerizing production directed by Chris Coleman.
“Hoffman’s Iago is a primary, fluid energy onstage. He’s a dazzling liar, a psychopath by today’s definition, all the more creepy because he’s bland-faced and relaxed, guiltless and even self-righteous in his planting of lies to make Othello’s wife Desdemona (a luminous performance by Nikki Coble) seem unfaithful. ... There’s an element of “House of Cards” here, as Iago shares his dire plans directly with the audience before he commits them, and we can’t help laughing in recognition of his gall.
“As Iago’s wife Emilia, the best female role here, Dana Green creates an ironic, archly funny woman who learns, too late, of her husband’s foul, false words that have set up the innocent Desdemona’s undeserved death. Her anger is palpable, and her strength a beacon in the dark.”
Deborah Kennedy | Willamette Week [Review 14 Apr 2014]
A review of Portland Center Stage’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and jealousy.
“The key to our willingness to suspend disbelief is Iago ... This performance can make or break the show, and fortunately for this Portland Center Stage production, Gavin Hoffman’s nuanced portrayal of Othello’s BFF/enemy-in-disguise has the stroke of genius about it.
“The same can be said of Dana Green’s turn as Iago’s wife, Emilia. It’s a small role but an essential one, and in Green’s hands, the scene in which Emilia and Desdemona lament a woman’s lot (to love, cherish, sacrifice and suffer) is both poignant and edifying.
“The players get help from Scoff Fyfe’s gorgeous, rotating set and Susan E. Mickey’s sumptuous costumes. ... it’s Shakespeare at its most traditional ...
“If Shakespeare be the food of love, play on.”
Gigi Little | ut omnia bene [Review 14 Apr 2014]
“I could talk about some of the lovely directorial choices at the very end, but that would be too much for my spoiler radar. I’ll just say that I think director Chris Coleman made some very elegant choices - throughout, actually - about what to leave in and what to leave out, about how the actors were used within that beautiful set, about how that fourth wall was used. There’s a lot of humor in this production - and lots to think about after you leave the theater”
Nathan Tucker | Portland Monthly Magazine [Review 14 Apr 2014]
“The dazzling, revolving set by Scott Fyfe; gorgeously realized period costumes from Susan E. Mickey; and appropriately moody lighting design by Peter Maradudin lift up an already strong cast. It’s a production simultaneously generous to the material and to its audience, and it should leave most viewers transfixed.”
Patrick Brassell | BroadwayWorld.com [Review 14 Apr 2014]
“Director Chris Coleman has assembled an impressive cast. Daver Morrison is an impressive Othello, his baritone growing deeper and more anguished as the play grows darker. Gavin Hoffman’s Iago is wicked, yet he enjoys his nasty games and steps forward to confide in us how he’s going to ruin everyone’s life. Among the others, Dana Green’s Emilia (Iago’s wife) is particularly strong; she starts out as a witty commenter on the goings-on around her, but as Othello moves more and more toward madness, she becomes the voice of reason, and Green modulates her performance into one of true anguish. All the actors are skilled and talented, and this production features some of the best swordplay I’ve ever seen on stage.”