February 11, 2008 |
RED BANK, N.J. -- For a guy who gets paid plenty not to talk, Teller -- the silent half of the magic team Penn & Teller -- puts a lot of stock in the importance of words. Or at least that's the impression he gives when immersed in the job of directing Shakespeare. Yes, you heard right.
December 4, 2007 |
Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" -- clever, superficial, well sung -- has gone Hollywood. Verdi's "Macbeth" -- goofy, important, brilliantly sung -- has gone wherever it is that a battered old lime-green portable typewriter can pretend significance. These were two new San Francisco Opera productions on view over the weekend. The Gockley years have begun. When David Gockley took over the company last season, this opera-infatuated city breathed a sigh of relief.
July 28, 2007 |
The Independent Shakespeare Company continues its summer of free Shakespeare in Barnsdall Art Park with "Macbeth," which plays in rotating repertory with "Richard II" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Now in its fourth season, this crisply professional company offers solid renderings of the Bard atop the balmy promontory of Barnsdall, where playgoers picnic and lounge under the stars while watching the evening's entertainment.
July 27, 2007 |
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" receives a contemporary-dress adaptation from Australia that streamlines the stage play, primarily by shearing it of the subtlety of themes and characterization and reducing it to a series of bloody plot points. Director Geoffrey Wright ("Romper Stomper") and his co-screenwriter, Victoria Hill (who also stars as Lady Macbeth), set the gothic drama in the darkly chic world of a Melbourne gangster and his minions, but much gets lost in the translation.
May 26, 2007
Re "The stage is set for tragedy," Opinion, May 21 One of the terrible ironies of the Bush administration is that history and literature have taught us the lessons that Niall Ferguson writes about, and yet "King George" and his loyal yes-men have not learned from these examples. One would think they'd be wiser, but their hubris, the tragic flaw that leads to the downfall of so many great ones, has blinded them to these realities. They are more than "in blood, steeped so far," as Ferguson quotes from "Macbeth"; they are steeped in the same arrogance and overconfidence that led Macbeth to his unseemly end. Bush and his cronies seem destined for similar ignominy.
April 26, 2007 |
Raymond Teller, the silent half of the Penn & Teller magic team, is fulfilling a long-held dream of staging Shakespeare's "Macbeth" the way he believes it should be: as a "supernatural horror thriller." He's working with the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, N.J., for an early 2008 premiere. The play is "dark and creepy and full of murders and supernatural events. It's just great. The suspense just makes your hair rise when they're murdering the king," Teller said with infectious delight.
March 28, 2006 |
"Macbeth" -- the Shakespeare tragedy no one mentions by name in a theater because of bad luck -- will be performed this summer in New York's Central Park, starring Liev Schreiber as the title character and Jennifer Ehle as Lady Macbeth. The free Public Theater production, to be directed by Moises Kaufman, will begin June 13 at the Delacorte Theater and run through July 9. For tickets, visit www.publictheater.org
March 11, 2006 |
Lights rise on a grotesque couple perched on matching commodes. Pa Ubu farts lustily; his long-suffering wife suggests killing the king to improve their station. Pa mulls it over, farts again, and tucks his used toilet paper into his undershirt. Believe it or not, Ubu's poor toilet training once made theatrical history.
August 8, 2005 |
A performance of "Macbeth" is underway at the Old Globe Theatre's outdoor venue in Balboa Park. But two of the actors are nowhere nearby. Katie MacNichol and Bruce Turk, a married couple who play Lady Macduff and the Bloody Captain, are nearly a mile away, in their temporary apartment north of the park. It's changing-of-the-guard time. The object of their vigil is their son Alexander, 18 months old, who recently went to bed.
February 4, 2005 |
In "Macbeth," director-designer Tiger Reel ambitiously recasts William Shakespeare's tragedy of treacherous ambition in Arabic flavored, occult-tinged terms that are swift, sometimes subtle and often riveting. The porter (Brian Andrew Helm) ushers us in as his colleagues warm up and gossip around the circular platform and rigging ropes of Reel and Joseph Stachura's set.