August 24, 1997 |
Along with Orson Welles' three films, Akira Kurosawa's very free 1957 adaptation of "Macbeth" is the most cinematically potent Shakespearean transcription ever. Kurosawa cross-pollinates the play with Noh staging and his own hell-for-leather samurai action. It's an inspiring cultural hybrid.
December 2, 1987 |
Italian soprano Mara Zampieri, scheduled to sing four performances as Lady Macbeth in Los Angeles Music Center Opera's production of Verdi's "Macbeth," Dec. 11-21, has canceled her appearance here. Zampieri's U. S. manager, Alan Green of Columbia Artists Management Inc., said the soprano hurt her leg in an accident in her apartment in Venice, Italy. Her leg is in a cast and she will be unable to travel this month. Zampieri will be replaced in the four "Macbeth" performances (Dec.
October 2, 2005 |
THE solo musical comedy starring Amanda McBroom that opens off-Broadway tonight was called "Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues" when it premiered in June at Ventura's Rubicon Theatre. Now it's "A Woman of Will." A venerable superstition has struck again -- that it's bad luck for theater artists to utter the name "Macbeth." The same superstition is part of the premise of Lee Blessing's "The Scottish Play," a comedy about an ill-fated "Macbeth" production now at La Jolla Playhouse.
February 11, 1997 |
Why set "Macbeth" in the Toltec empire, an Indian civilization that dominated parts of Central America from the 11th to the 13th centuries? Don't look for an answer in Will & Company's irredeemably bad version of the Scottish play, which, indeed is set there. For one thing, the actors look ridiculous. They are dressed in what is essentially adult diapers with flaps, exposing the wrinkles and folds that the flesh is heir to.
November 11, 2003 |
Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" contains the most graphic sex scene by far of any opera in, or within proximity of, the standard repertory. That scene, with its comically lewd trombone solo, helped make the opera a sensation in Leningrad and Moscow at its premiere in 1934 and a scary scandal two years later, when Stalin vehemently condemned it. Now, the opera is practically common.
March 6, 1991 |
The first thing it's important to remember about Charles Marowitz's "A Macbeth" is that it is this season's inaugural lab production at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble--a place, according to a leaflet from the theater, where "plays are often more experimental, more avant-garde, more likely to balance on the edge of the unusual and unconventional." That said, let's add that "A Macbeth" fits roughly half the description.
June 16, 2004 |
"What is it about men and cars?" muses Kate, the troubled songwriter heroine of "Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues," in the wake of her husband's phone call brimming with coded agendas. "After all these years I know when he says, 'check your oil' he means 'I love you.' But still, it doesn't quite have the ring of 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day....'
July 22, 1996 |
Shakespeare Orange County's (SOC) handsome staging of "The Tragedy of Macbeth," which opened Friday at the Waltmar Theatre, brings a ceremonial richness to Shakespeare's stark, swift and bloody drama of evil incarnate. But that is not the only icing on this substantial cake.
October 29, 1994 |
"Macbeth" has the reputation in theatrical circles as an unlucky play. Actors call it "The Scottish Play" so as not to call down upon themselves the curse associated with uttering the proper name of this brutal, haunted story of ambition run amok. It has been blamed for onstage deaths, hauntings and all manner of ill fortune. It is acknowledged as a play of tremendous power: to quote it in the dressing room is to invite disaster.
July 19, 2012 |
Meet the Macbeths, a charming, upwardly mobile couple grieving over the death of their only child. Director Jessica Kubzansky's interpretation of Shakespeare's “Macbeth,” currently on view in a satisfyingly foggy, bloody production by the Antaeus Company, opens with a funeral. Macbeth (Rob Nagle in the performance I saw; all the roles are double-cast) and his wife (Tessa Auberjonois) place a tiny shrouded body in a coffin, wordlessly but movingly communicating the couple's grief and mutual love.