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by John Webster
directed by Jemma Alix Levy


Matt D'Amico makes the character (Bosola) slimy and sympathetic at the same time, always a difficult trick, and his attack of regret at the end works nicely.   Renée Bucciarelli's duchess is quietly dignified, and Jon Fordham makes a suitably cold cardinal.  Andrew Oswald rants enthusiastically as Ferdinand.  He and Mr. Fordham have some effective scenes together, presenting two faces of evil: Ferdinand is road rage; the cardinal, the type who might quietly compile an enemies list.

Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

Renée Bucciarelli plays the title role . . . she is superb - saucy and sensitive, valiant and vulnerable.  Jemma Alix Levy directs the more than capable cast.  She makes the most of a lavish wardrobe (Lea Umberger is costume designer) and minimal scenery and keeps the action flowing.  The Cardinal (Jon Fordham) and Ferdinand (Andrew Oswald) do a brilliant job establishing each his own distinct brand of iniquity so that in the end we may feel a bit sorry for Oswald, but we sincerely hope Fordham will burn in hell.

Matt D'Amico gives a multi-layered and thoughtful performance as Bosola.  In supporting roles, Vicki Hirsch is especially notable as Cariola and Shuana Miles gives a nuanced yet bawdy performance as Julia, the whore with a heart.

Paulanne Simmons, The Brooklyn Papers



Left, Renée Bucciarelli (Duchess of Malfi) and Andrew Oswald (Ferdinand).  Right, Jon Fordham (Cardinal) and Shuana Miles (Julia).  Photos by Jonathan Slaff.



Jon Fordham


Andrew Oswald*


Matt D'Amico*


Patrick Hallahan*


Frank Smith


Dayle Vander Sande


Chris Mongioardo


Mauricio Tafur Salgado


Rob Mess


Shauna Miles

Duchess of Malfi

Renée Bucciarelli*


Vicki Hirsch*

Production Understudy

Sabrina Mess

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)


Stage Manager

April A. Klein*

Assistant Stage Manager

Lars Preece

Technical Director

Vincent Hokia

Costume Designer

Lea Umberger

Associate Costume Designer

Darlene Estremera

Lighting Designer

Izzy Einsidler

Properties Manager

Lucie Chin


Aaron Friedman

Front of House Manager

Margaret Cassetto

Press/Photos Jonathan Slaff Associates
Web Site/Postcards Cliff Harris
Programs/Ad Sales Joseph Small
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