Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Macbeth"

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"Macbeth"

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Shelley Hager

Set Design by Michael Bonomi
Lighting Design by Christopher Scully
Costume Design by Heather McNamara
Sound Design by David Poole
Props Design by William Donnelly
Production Manager Betsy Roe
Stage Manager KellEy Hartwell

Witch 1................................................Bridget Brennan
Witch 2........................................................Lucy Pavao
Witch 3.........................................................Jean Liuzzi
Duncan...................................................Edwin Beschler
Donalbain/Anguis/Fleance/Macduff's Son.....Tim Barney
Malcolm..............................................Christopher Cook
Macduff/Sergeant.........................................Evan James
Ross...............................................................Andy Riel
Macbeth..................................................Kevin LaVelle
Banquo...................................................Samuel Young
Lady Macbeth/Lady Macduff..........Stephanie Steinbach

Rather than a finished production, this looks like a sketch for a possible "Macbeth" --- an outline to be filled in later. Some speeches, some whole scenes, are intriguingly approached and effective, but they hang in the air side by side with Stretches of emptiness. The emphasis is totally on words, at the expense of any physical activity. People --- even a bloodied sergeant nearly dying --- stand stiffly erect and ... talk. And all this in modern dress and military uniforms, substituting short sheath-knives for swords and lunges for sword-play. Played mostly on a flat black platform with square, wide grey pillars as background, the play has no physical setting --- no discernible reality at all. Were this not one of my favorite companies, in what I feel to be their only failure to date, this would not be reviewed at all. Perhaps, when the outline is filled in, we'll all take another look.

Love,
===Anon.


"Macbeth" (5 - 20 October)
INDUSTRIAL THEATRE
Leverett Old Library Theatre, Mill Street, Harvard Square, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617) 257-7480


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