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.
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."
July 10, 2013 |
Kenneth Branagh is back in Bard territory with a new production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that he stars in and co-directed with Rob Ashford at the Manchester International Festival in England. The production marks the first time Branagh has played the Scottish thane and is the actor's first Shakespearean stage role since he played "Richard III" in 2002. "Macbeth" is being performed in a deconsecrated church in the Manchester area. (Branagh-philes will recall that his 1995 comedy "A Midwinter's Tale" featured a production of "Hamlet" set in an old English church .)
March 21, 2013 |
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.
October 1, 2002 |
You could think of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" as an older cousin of today's action film. Chock-full of evil plots, freak-show characters, steamy love scenes and bloody battles, it grabs theatergoers by the shirtfront and pulls them along at breakneck speed. This sense of breathless adventure is especially pronounced in the production that launches A Noise Within's 2002-03 repertory season.
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....'