POST: ''Tis Pity She's A Whore' What causes attraction?

 Amelia Pedlow and Matthew Amendt  in  Tis Pity She's a Whore . Photo by Richard Termine

Amelia Pedlow and Matthew Amendt  in Tis Pity She's a Whore. Photo by Richard Termine

From Khalil:

I found the seats at The Duke to be commodious, a rare thing for most venues, and an often sought thing by fuller-figured theatregoer, such as myself.  That said, I wasn't there for the seats, I was there for the play.  

When I heard the actors speaking in what so many wrongly consider "Old English" but better called "Shakespearean Verse" - I was instantly annoyed.  I go to plays to relax and enjoy the content, not put my brain in overdrive to decipher everything that's being said onstage.  For me, it takes away from the show, as it proves taxing on the mind.

Adjusting to the language was doable, though frustrating, so after jumping that hurdle I had to deal with the content.  I consider myself a romantic so seeing a classic story of star-crossed lovers, an avant-garde version of Romeo and Juliet excited me. Learning it was an incestuous pair made me feel disgusted.  I have an older sister, and such a relationship of sexual intimacy would not even be fathomed. The thought is sickening and beyond the bounds of what I consider taboo. I don't consider myself to be conservative in the least, but I'm not that forward thinking to accept incestuous relationships, I'd slap my sister if she tried some weird mess like that.  Maybe if it was a couple of cousins I'd be willing to turn my head, but come the fuck on, this was just gross.  I felt itchy and uneasy, I just could not get beyond the fact that a brother and sister were sexing it up.

Kieran poses an interesting question, what makes us fall in love? I think love is too hard to define because it exists in multiple capacities, and I believe our humanity is defined by our unique capability to love simultaneously on these different levels.  The better question I feel is: What causes attraction?

I have no answer to truly make sense of the romance played out on stage, but to call Giovanni and Annabella victims, I wouldn't go that far. 

From Kieran:

Going to this show, I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting myself into... and it turned out to be an incestuous version of Romeo and Juliet. Despite my discomfort with the concept, I found my curiosity peaking as I walked into the theater. Khalil and I found  our seats and waited for the show to begin. Sitting in the audience I felt both my face and stomach twist in a way that I had to force myself to correct. The thought of incest bounced around in my head and of course I became overcome by a feeling of apprehension. 

As the lights dimmed and the audience simmered down I noticed that the elderly woman two seats over was a heavy breather, which by the second act became a heavy snore. For the first twenty minutes of the show, between the Old English style of the script and my friend two seats over, I found myself distracted. When I allowed myself to concentrate, the Old English wasn't that bad and I was able to "translate" it to modern speech. I honestly felt like the language kept me from being immersed in the show.

To see the siblings Giovanni and Annabella go from hiding their love for each other to admitting their feelings and then acting on them... was for me cringe worthy. Actually that's exactly what I did, cringe as I yelled in my head "STOP, JUST STOP!". As the show continued, I saw how much Giovanni truly loved Annabella and although I was against the relationship, it was both touching and heartbreaking. They were truly in a beautiful nightmare.

The more I thought about it, strangely enough, I sympathized with the tragedy. It was this fact that took me by surprise more then anything else in the show. Incest, one of the biggest most uncomfortable taboos in our society... made relatable?
What exactly makes us fall in love?
s this duo a victim of circumstance or just two people who fell into the downward spiral of lust and lack of self- control?


 

$30 Rush Tickets

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Red Bull Theater
@ The Duke on 42nd St.
thru May 16