Red Bull Theater Brings Jacobean Drama to Off-Broadway

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 Sara Topham as Beatrice and Christian Coulson as Alsemero in Red Bull Theater company's production of 'The Changeling.' Sara Topham as Beatrice and Christian Coulson as Alsemero in Red Bull Theater company's production of 'The Changeling.' (Carol Rosegg)

Jacobean era dramas are rarely seen on major New York stages, but the enterprising Red Bull Theater company, under the artistic directorship of Jesse Berger, has made a specialty of them. Its latest foray into the period — the time during the reign of James VI of Scotland from 1567–1625 — is a production of "The Changeling," a play from 1622 written by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Rowley.

Jacobean dramas are generally noted for their sensational stories of lust and violence and revenge. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwook lets us know if "The Changeling" satisfies on these fronts and what it has to offer a contemporary audience.

"The Changeling" can be seen at the Lucille Lortel Theatre through Jan. 24.

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