Othello at the Shakespeare Theater in DC For the first time in my life I saw Othello today, and I was entranced. This production was done at the Shakespeare Theater in DC, and Othello was portrayed as a Muslim, which is probably what Shakespeare meant when he called him “the Moor of Venice”. I’ve seen and read quite a few Shakespeare plays in my life, and I have to say that Iago is the definition of evil incarnate. I’ve never encountered a more malevolent villain in literature or theater, and I was impressed at how he expressed his hatred. It wasn’t “I hate Othello”, it was “I hate the Moor”. By reducing Othello to his racial and geographic origins, Iago can’t see Othello as…