OK, maybe it’s a little too on-the-nose to say that a production of Othello has a killer cast. But Jobsite certainly seems to have assembled just that for Shakespeare’s tragedy of race, jealousy and male ego. UK- and USF-trained Robert Richards Jr. stars in the title role; Tatiana Baccari, so good in Jobsite’s Cloud 9, is Desdemona; and the dream team of Giles Davies and Katrina Stevenson play the scheming Iago and his wife, the savvy Emilia. Add director David Jenkins’s tantalizing promise of a “ripped-from-the-headlines” contemporary spin, and you’ve got an Othello we’re dying to see. And after that, it’s going to be fun to watch Othello and everything else in Shakespeare’s oeuvre get spoofed in Jobsite’s second spring production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] [Revised], a reprise of one of the company’s greatest hits.
Othello, through 2/3; Complete Works, 3/15-4/7, Jobsite Theater, Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, Tampa, 813-229-STAR, jobsitetheater.org.