Macbeth at BAM OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 5, 2011
    Closing:
    April 16, 2011

    Theater: BAM Harvey Theater / 651 Fulton Street, New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    From the Olivier Award-winning company Cheek by Jowl comes a scintillating take on Shakespeare's Macbeth that is physical, psychologically taut, and unsettling to the bone. One brilliant move follows another: Shakespeare's infamous witches, here distilled to haunting voices, absolutely terrify in their evanescence as the actors move like phantasms across the shadow-flecked stage. All the while, the madness of Lady Macbeth (the magnetic Anastasia Hille) accelerates with fatal inexorability. Toxically enmeshed, the lady and her lord inhabit a single, conflicted consciousness, one that festers in self-loathing even as it blindly seeks the destruction that will ultimately be its own.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Macbeth at BAM

    Ambition Doth Curse All Makes of Men

    Charles Isherwood

    April 6, 2011: That ambition can poison the hearts of small spirits as thoroughly as great ones is the unsettling message of the director Declan Donnellan’s intimate, streamlined new production of “Macbeth” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As portrayed by the compelling actor Will Keen, Shakespeare’s Scottish general is less a man of great distinction undone by the pursuit of immoral ends than an average fellow caught in a trap of someone else’s making, rattled with nervous laughter at the horror of what he has become.

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