Macbeth | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Macbeth Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2009

Barbara Gaines's version of the Scottish play works wonderfully at the linguistic level. You're unlikely to hear Shakespeare's lines spoken with more ease--or greater sensitivity to both their plain and implicit meanings--than they are here, by a cast of accomplished pros. But the rest of the production is loaded down with more useless junk than a G.I. Joe deluxe set. Gaines updates the tale of a warlord destroyed by ambition, placing it in a first-world present that allows for Kevlar-vested soldiers and exotic dancers in black vinyl short-shorts. She also techs it up with lots of video projections, and pushes it toward Grand Guignol by--among other things--hanging murder victims from the flies like so many sides of beef. A very few of these devices work, as when Lady Macbeth's bad dreams are projected kaleidoscopically on her white nightgown. But most don't, and the result is a silly show that diminishes a masterwork. --Tony Adler

Price: $44-$70


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