Richard Zoglin, "Time"'s theater critic, caught Kansas City Repertory Theatre's world-premiere production of "Venice," a hip-hop musical extrapolated from "Othello," in its final week and has now declared it the best musical he's seen this year -- including those nominated for Tony Awards in New York.
Zoglin called "Venice" an "ambitious and expansive work, combining elements of Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, Brechtian allegory and dystopian political fable, all enhanced by rap narration and a melodic, rock-influenced score that is one of most winning I have heard onstage in years.
" ... And so, once again, it took a trip outside New York — to Kansas City, which happens to be my hometown — to find a show to really get excited about. Though early in its creative life, the next major American musical could well be in the making."
Read the entire review at www.time.com