"Titus Andronicus"

Oct. 23-Nov. 15

This is, without a doubt, Shakespeare's bloodiest play. The play begins with renowned Roman general Titus Andronicus returning triumphant from a campaign against the Goths, with the Queen of the Goths, her three sons, and her secret lover in tow as prisoners. After Titus kills one of the queen's sons, she vows to have her revenge, setting in motion a long, gory cycle of violence that includes rape, beheading, mutilation, and human flesh baked into pies. It probably isn't surprising that the play fell out of favor for a few hundred years. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is bringing the play to Baltimore with a contemporary setting that's apparently "influenced by the surreal films of David Lynch." Sounds like a disturbing/winning combination to us. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., (410) 244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com, $15-$50. (Anna Walsh)

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