Even the greatest playwright in the English language could bow to the commercial appeal of scaring and shocking audiences. That's what Shakespeare did with his gruesome tale of Titus Andronicus, one of his bloodiest works, full of revenge, murder, betrayal and atrocious crimes.
It's Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's annual Halloween season creep-out show, this time the tale of a vengeful Roman general battling his mortal enemy, Tamora, Queen the Goths, staged through the filter of a "Steampunk world." (That concept, conceived in the 1980s, is a retro-future mash-up of the steam-powered visions of Victorian sci-fi writers Jules Verne and H. G. Wells with the world of modern technology.) Director Jeremy Dubin calls the show "a snuff film in blank verse." See it Saturday at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. through Nov. 11. $26-$32. 513-381-2273, x1, cincyshakes.com.
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