CityArts Review: The Raw Power of ‘Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch’

Photo: John Ulman

"The relentless, driving direction of Emily Penick kept this story of war, loyalty and betrayal tense and exciting, and the performances were masterful (mistressful?), with emphasis on Nike Imoru as the title character. Rough, confident and utterly compelling as the complex Roman general shoved uncomfortably from the glory of war into politics, Imoru gave us a fully realized, three-dimensional human character, brutal and sometimes funny, fiery and tragic. I found myself booing her tyranny, empathizing with her complexity and cheering her victories." "Wendy Robbie (of Twin Peaks and People Under the Stairs fame) is Coriolanus’ clever and pushy mother—kind of the ultimate Mama Rose—and I was impressed by her strong Shakespearean chops and focused performance. Some other compelling performances asserted themselves: Kate Witt as Menenius Agrippa, the harried and suffering political pragmatist trying to hold the Empire together and quell the insurrection of her starving, angry citizens. She was both humorous and fraught, with just

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Fierce, muscular warriors ram into and flip each other. They collapse on their adversaries’ backs, choking and pulling and gripping. They grunt and they growl, flashing toned biceps and abs, working up a sweat. This is not happening in a war zone or a cage match, but in a downtown rehearsal hall in Seattle one recent rainy evening. And the buff fighters are not pro wrestlers in training, but cast members in a new, all-women production of William Shakespeare’s historical action drama, “Coriolanus.” (Subtitle: “Fight Like a Bitch.”) Read more:

The Stranger Weighs In Imoru's classical chops are undeniable. I can't wait to see her play the tragic king. Photo:  Rebel Kat Productions Nike Imoru to Play Coriolanus in Coriolanus: Fight Like A Bitch This the Fall: In her recent solo show, Ode, audiences got a taste of the Imoru's command of Shakespearean roles traditionally reserved for men. She bellowed out King Lear's lines with gusto and Macbeth's lines with gravitas. I was blown away. In my review, I asked the theater gods to give this woman a lead role in a Shakespeare play. My wishes have been granted. Thank you, Rebel Kat Productions.

Rebecca Petriello,  Founder, CEO Rebel Kat Productions is Rebecca’s dream in the making. Rebecca is a property investor with holdings in Washington, Colorado, and Kansas. Rebecca has a unique background that includes theatre, music, teaching K-8, leadership, and philanthropy. In creating Rebel Kat Productions, Rebecca is able to combine her passion for the arts and business together to finance and produce high quality film and episodic content. Rebecca is married and has two adult sons and two cats.   Nike (pronounced NEE-kay) Imoru, Co-Founder, President Nike is a British-born casting director, Actor, director, writer and producer. For over a decade Nike has worked in the Pacific Northwest casting features films and television shows. She is currently casting the 5th season of SyFy Channel’s Z Nation. Nike is a member of the Casting Society of America.Nike is a multiple award-winning actor. She has a stack of national and international acting credits, from BBC Radio 4