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Macbeth
a Tragedy
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : Performing Arts North [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Dancing Goat Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4405

SHOWING : June 15, 2012 - June 30, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Inspired by black-and-white film noir suspense films, this production of "Macbeth" strips down Shakespeare's tragedy to the basic struggle between good and evil. Black represents evil; white good; and all the shades of grey show the ambivalence and doubt of Macbeth as he struggles with "vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, And falls on the other..."


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The Rule of Lord & Lady Macbeth
by playgoer
Saturday, December 22, 2012
3.5
Performing Art North's production of "Macbeth" breathes fire when Macbeth (Adam Pingel) and Lady Macbeth (Devon Hales) are together onstage. Each has a smoldering presence, and the combination of the two sparks this production to its most heated interchanges. The rest of the young cast isn't up to their standards, but the only slow slog of the evening is in the beginning of the second portion, when focus switches to Macduff for a few scenes.

The concept behind the production is stunning. Opening credits filmed in black and white introduce the cast in film noir style, with foggy moor landscapes and eerie music setting the scene. Films and projections are used throughout the show, using maps to identify Scottish locations and images to chart the witches' prophecies. It's very effective. Director Marty Wallis deserves a lot of credit for the concept, and also for the design and construction of the set, which presents a very solid-looking turreted castle using painted canvas draped over scaffolding. Elliot Wallis, who did the video editing, deserves credit too.

Technically, the show is solid, with good sound (design - Amelia Bahr & Marty Wallis; tech - Ari Jerome) and lighting (design - David Shelton; tech - Britney DeRosa) keeping the atmosphere murky while letting the actors be seen and heard distinctly. Costumes (Amelia Bahr), hair (Robin Shelley), and makeup (Taylorann Shelley) work to set the medieval time period. Terrific fight choreography by Amelia Bahr and Marshall Mills makes for several exciting sequences.

"Macbeth" is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, so keeping the pace brisk is not the challenge it can be for other Shakespearean tragedies. The story builds to the final scene, and when the focus is on the Macbeths, there is no faltering of momentum. For a cast all in their teens and early 20's, the results are far above par. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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