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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

As a veteran of Ariane Mnouchkine's legendary Théâtre du Soleil, French actor/director Georges Bigot can claim impressive avant-garde bona fides. The mere fact that Chicago's Theatre Y was able to collaborate with him in developing this idiosyncratic Macbeth is impressive. But the onstage result is an exasperating grind. The piece starts out interestingly, with the witches ("When shall we three meet again?") presented as hippie chicks, alternating between sweet nothings and vicious roars while backed by a 1950s pop hit, the Diamonds' "Little Darlin'." Their scenes remain creative respites throughout. But virtually everything else here is built around an elementary opposition—false facade vs. savage reality—that first grows tedious and then, given the technical shortcomings of some of the players, ludicrous. It's telling that in Bigot's hands Shakespeare's briefest tragedy comes in at three hours. —Tony Adler

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