Theatre / 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Written in 1633, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore
is a Jacobean tragedy by John Ford (a different John Ford
) set in Parma, Italy. The play is centered on the relationship between brother and sister Giovanni and Annabella, and explores the social ramifications of incest. Several sub-plots are woven into the story that involve Anabella's other suitors, an assassination attempt and an unexpected return from the dead.
This show provides examples of:
- Ax-Crazy: Giovanni in the final scene.
- Brother–Sister Incest: Giovanni/Annabella—the main plot of the show.
- Eye Scream: Poor Putana.
- Karma Houdini: Grimaldi is let off completely scot-free for the murder of Bergetto. Lampshaded.
Is this a churchman's voice? Dwells justice here?
- Love Dodecahedron: Richardetto is married to Hippolita who's in love with Soranzo who's only interested in Annabella now, who's got a thing with Giovanni.
- Mood Whiplash: From comedic to tragic when Bergetto is murdered by Grimaldi.
- Servile Snarker: Vasques, particularly in the second half of the show.
- Title Drop: The final verse of the play.
Of one so young, so rich in nature's store
Who could not say, 'tis pity she's a whore?