Audio Preview: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ at Storch Theatre

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Who Syracuse University
Where Storch Theatre, 820 E. Genesee St, Syracuse
When Nov. 2-11
Tickets $18 for adults; $16 for students and seniors
Audio Preview by Paige Cooperstein  

When Syracuse University Drama puts on ‘‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,’ it’s like a Quentin Tarantino movie and a Lady Gaga concert, according to director Celia Madeoy. Cast member Andy Striph says the show reminds him of a Martin Scorsese film.

SU Drama set the Jacobean ‘‘Tis Pity’ in a glamorous Godfather-esque Italy circa 1959. Britney Spears and Adele, among other current pop icons, are featured in the soundtrack.

“We made it a show for right here, right now,” Madeoy says.

‘Tis Pity’ centers on Giovanni and Annabella, a brother and sister in an incestuous love affair. In Shakespearean fashion, several subplots of near-equal deviousness rotate around Giovanni and Annabella. ‘‘Tis Pity’ also features a lusty widow, two scheming husbands and an accidental murder.

“It’s a bloody, sexy piece of theatre,” says Striph, who plays Annabella’s husband.

Syracuse University Drama performs ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore in the Regent Theatre Complex at Syracuse Stage. The show opens this Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. Celia Madeoy directs the show. For tickets, visit vpa.syr.edu/drama. You can also purchase tickets at the Syracuse Stage box office at 820 E. Genesee St. The box office phone number is 315-443-3275. ‘‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ runs through November 11.

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