If the title of Donald Freed’s new play, now at the Skylight Theatre, doesn’t prompt you to quote Macbeth (“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…”), you are probably not its intended demographic. The heart of “Tomorrow” is three actors discussing and rehearsing scenes from the Shakespeare tragedy.
And, yes, it sounds dry and cerebral, like something only a dramaturge would be into. As I actually have a degree in dramaturgy, you might roll your eyes when I say I was on the edge of my seat as I watched the characters hunt Lady Macbeth’s psychology through the text, history and their own pasts. But honestly, this sequence crackles with suspense, sexual tension and passion for the stage.
It clearly reflects the theatrical excitement of the production team, a collaboration by Skylight Theatre Company, Rogue Machine and England’s York Theatre Royal — which also lent director Damian Cruden.
The only trouble is getting to the good part. The first act creeps in a petty pace, glacially establishing that the actress Laura Keating (Jenn Robbins) is afraid to play Lady Macbeth, so she has come to beg a famous reclusive actress, the 100-year-old Abigail Booth (Salome Jens, whose stage presence is breathtaking), to coach her.