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?