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While its title is lewd to the point of humor, Tis A Pity She's A Whore, now in performance at The Duke on 42nd Street by the Red Bull Theatre Company, is a richly sincere classical tragedy. The play, by John Ford and directed by Jesse Berger, follows the love affair of siblings Giovanni and Annabella. They swear a secret pact of fidelity, which is quickly tested by a number of Annabella's suitors. These suitors include Bergetto, a fop who is murdered by a second suitor, the hot tempered Roman Grimaldi. The third suitor, Soranzo is a schemer, though his advances on Annabella do ring with sincerity.

Published in Off-Broadway