At the much celebrated New York Theatre Workshop production of Othello, Andrew Lieberman’s austere set looks like the inside of a packing crate as the audience files in, taking seats on three sides; mattresses are strewn about the floor, as if we are inside a military barrack. Under the imaginative direction of Sam Gold, the play starts in the dark. This is Shakespeare’s play, after all, and the black fixes you immediately on the bard’s poetry. By the time lights go on, you are prepared to witness Iago’s (superb Daniel Craig) cunning, brutal betrayal of the naïve, besotted Othello (David Oyelowo, equally Craig’s match in excellence). Jane Cox’s lighting creates the intimacy of a bedroom for vigorous lovemaking, and an arena for fierce man-to-man combat. You are not likely to find theater this engaging, this terrific, this season.