Lady M. -- A Minimalist Take on Shakespeare's Macbeth
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The last date listed for Lady M. was Wednesday February 6, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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This unique adaptation of Shakespeare's whimsical story of romance, mischief and magic is set in the 1940s and performed promenade-style, where you follow the action and actors around the space. In this play, one of Shakespeare's most popular, four young lovers venture into the woods on a midsummer's night and become the unwitting victims in a lover's quarrel between the king and queen of fairies. When a group of local rustics rehearsing a play in the forest also gets caught up in the madness, the comical snarl of spells seems impossible to sort out. But with fairies and sprites all around, it just takes a little more magic and, as Puck puts it, "all is mended." Learn More
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Lady M. is a retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth with the emphasis on Lady Macbeth. Everything in this play is from Shakespeare's text but has been reordered/reworked to focus on Lady Macbeth.
This adaptation neither served the story of Macbeth nor was it strong enough to be a totally new story of Lady Macbeth. I found the reordering of the text a bit confusing at times. Also, I didn't think the text was handled appropriately by the fairly young cast (youngest Lady Macbeth I've ever seen). I missed the rhythm of folio most notably absent from "Double double toil and trouble".
There were things that I LOVED about this production. The physicality of all of the actors was great. The lighting was beautiful and made some amazing pictures. I really enjoyed how basic the costumes were, and the use of mime for most of the props was a really interesting choice.
If Shakespeare's text is less important to you than other aspects of a production, you'll probably really, really enjoy Lady M. For me, the language lacked passion.