MacSith | Pendulum Space | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

MacSith Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24 2015

It sounds like the starting point for an improv scene, but this mashup of Macbeth and Star Wars from EDGE Theatre has few laughs quite by design. Orion Couling and Jared McDaris's 70-minute adaptation reimagines the king of Scotland as Mon Beth, king of Cumber and puppet of the dark side, giving the cast makeovers worthy of Comic Con and some light sabers to play with. There’s little to justify the conceit, though, and the would-be dramatic production doesn’t pass the straight-face test either; instead nearly 40 actors amble around and shout, distracting from the story at the tragedy’s heart. It's a curious sight at any age, but for the few terrified-looking children at the matinee I attended, I imagine it's totally inexplicable. —Dan Jakes

Price: $18

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