Inola @ the ATA for Shakespeare

Review by Inola M. McGuire

The performance of the evening is “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, directed by James Jennings and Jane Culley; starring Andrew Goebel, William Greville, Jessica Jennings, Shayna Lawson, Thomas Leverton, Jorge Lopes, David Murray, Kathryn Pace, Al Perez, Jesse Pulitzer-Kennedy, David Remple, Shanelle Riccio, Jason Rule, Zen, and Dasha Zhurin.

The stage setting complements all of the scenes in the play. It makes the interpretation of the performance easier for the audience to understand. The audience witnesses in the opening scene a rape or its surmise of one taking place in a deserted place. After the dreadful experience, the lady is rescued by a few witches. These witches return on stage in later scenes, but the men of valor dominate the performance from start to finish in most of the scenes.

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As it is known, this play has its political intrigue that stems from the history of the British Isles, England, Scotland and Wales. However, the audience gets an opportunity to surmise its own experience as to what life was like during and before Shakespeare’s life time in the plot.

The performance of Macbeth allows the audience to reflect on its life in contemporary times. However, the question of how different is its life today still evokes deep emotional wounds since political power, economics, and religion have dominated its society for far too long. These three factors have worked together as a triplet with identical genes, and the end results have always been the same for centuries. The rich and the powerful get richer and the working class and the poor get poorer. It is the same script with different players in different centuries, but the message is the same each time. One must say, Shakespeare was surely ahead of his time; yet the human condition has remained the same despite the invention of modern conveniences.

I surely recommend Macbeth as a must-see performance before the culmination of the performance. It will motivate the audience to research English history of a specific time period, and the play is surely a conversational piece to enact a conversation between or among friends.

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