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Blind passion is deadly

Cheek by Jowl’s streamlined production of ‘’Tis Pity She’s A Whore,’ the 17th century play by John Ford, manages to pack quite a wallop

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

One caveat: You know you have watched far too many episodes of CSI when one of the things you think about on the way home is that the arterial blood spray that so artfully marks the bathroom wall at the end of the play was a nice touch, but wrong.

If Giovanni snapped Annabella’s neck — as he appears to do before he carries her into the bathroom — her heart would not have been pumping blood when he cut it out. While he was rightly bloody when he carries the heart back onstage, there should not have been a spray across the wall.

Death was much easier to portray before forensics became part of popular culture.

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