Titus has such a sprawling, jumbled story that only the avant-garde director Julie Taymor could possibly be up to tackling Shakespeare's dare. The play spans the entire range between tragedy and farce. Scenes of utter devastation (limbs, organs, entire bodies fly through the air) are immediatly followed by wildly overstated humor. A director must be agile to make this story work properly, and Taymor proves she has the goods.
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