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.
January 4, 1993
Readers responded with sincerity, wit and, occasionally, vehemence to our queries for their assessments of the best and worst in pop music, theater, art, classical music and dance in Orange County in 1992. Here is some of what they had to say: My two favorite 1992 productions: "Hamlet" (Shakespeare Orange County). Incredibly moving and thoughtful performances by all the actors. One of the best Shakespeare productions I've ever seen. "Our Country's Good" (South Coast Repertory)
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.
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.
October 26, 2000 |
"Macbeth," that grimmest of Shakespearean tragedies, as a slapstick comedy? Well, sure. In fact, what playwright Richard Nathan does in "Scots on the Rocks," at the Chandler Studio, isn't exactly new. In the '60s, Archibald Macleish transformed what actors always superstitiously refer to as "The Scottish Tragedy" into his spoof "Macbird."
April 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Like world-class athletes, actors often measure their achievements by the degree of difficulty. Does a part require an unusual amount of range? An extraordinary number of man hours? Is it simply a matter of a chewy set of lines to get one's lips around? By all these standards, Alan Cumming would be an extreme-sports medalist. In a stage turn that will last nearly two hours, Cumming is set to play the part of Macbeth. Or, rather, the parts of Macbeth, as he tackles 15 roles from the Shakespearean tragedy, including the title character, Banquo, Duncan, Lady Macbeth and plenty of others (as well as, in a story that frames the performance, a disoriented mental patient reenacting the play)
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....'