Macbeth | Gross Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Macbeth Closing (Theater and Galleries) Free The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2015

Like Hamlet or King Lear, Macbeth is one of those gloomy, complex plays by Shakespeare that don't exactly lend themselves to sunshine and a bottle of Two Buck Chuck. Despite the challenge, outdoor specialists Midsommer Flight have chosen to give it a whirl, presenting the Scottish play in a free 90-minute showing in various city parks. There’s plenty of sword fighting, which the company certainly has a grasp on, but overall a sort of drabness colors the production, and attention to language gets overlooked in favor of spectacle. Ultimately, let's face it, outdoor theater attracts families like moths to a flame. And when the kiddos are bored, no amount of cheap red wine will ease the pain. —Chloe Riley

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