Evil sells, apparently. Director Steven Berkoff's Shakespeare's Villians: A Masterclass in Evil proved such a popular draw at The Public Theater last November that it returned for a encore engagement of 17 performances, beginning Jan. 10 at the Anspacher Theater. Soon after, the show extended its limited run. But all evil things must come to an end, so Berkoff will twirl his last moustache on Feb. 11.
In the one-man show, Berkoff takes a look at such Bard baddies as Iago, Richard III and Macbeth. According to production sources, the fall run sold out.
Berkoff is known for his avant garde productions of Kafka's Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon and Oscar Wilde's Salome. The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Public have been frequent hosts of his work. His original plays include East and Decadence.
Tickets are $35. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information, call (212) 239-6200.
—By Robert Simonson