Thursday, January 11, 2007

Macbeth: A Walking Shadow

Okay folks: if you miss this one, you're going to regret it. Doesn't matter if you like Shakespeare or not. Doesn't matter if you hate adaptations or not. This is a flawless production that presents Macbeth as a flashback for our haunted villain. Compressed into a narrow walkway between two separate audience rows, Andrew Frank's masterfully strong direction skips directly to all the key scenes, and smoothly blends from each to the next. The madness has never been so clear, and the ghosts have never been more direct, nor so intimate. This is the fall of a hero -- the essence of tragedy -- and Ato Essandoh is the perfect choice to play him here. I know, you just saw Macbeth in the Park -- me too. This one's better.

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