Macbeth | Oak Park Festival Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 22 2017

Suddenly Shakespeare is relevant again. And not just because a few rabid supporters of our current thin-skinned Chief Executive—and the fearful corporate sponsors they intimidated—got their boxers in a twist over a recent staging of Julius Caesar. Even in this apolitical take on the Scottish play by Oak Park Festival Theatre, where Matthew Fahey’s callow, shaved-headed Macbeth couldn't seem less like the president who shall not be named, there are moments when a canny audience member still can't help but flash on our contemporary scene. (Sample line: “Alas, poor country! Almost afraid to know itself.”) But that may also be because the current production, adeptly directed by Barbara Zahora, is so simple and direct, and the bard’s poetry so deftly and fluidly conveyed, that we feel all the dark power in this tight, taut, tragic tale. —Jack Helbig

Price: $30, $25 seniors, $15 students



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