Macbeth: As the Dust Settles -- Shakespeare Enters the Dustbowl Era
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Award-winning Chicago stage veteran Roslyn Alexander fills the fascinating shoes of fearless activist Emma Goldman in this new solo drama that explores the passions behind the controversial figure's political agitation and the price she was willing to pay for it. A charismatic speaker and organizer, Goldman threatened the turn-of-the-century status quo with her liberal views on social issues and women's rights, but became infamous as an anarchist who advocated free love and who was jailed several times for demonstrating contraceptives, inciting to riot and opposing the draft. Dennis Zacek directs for the ShPIeL Theatre. Learn More
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Featured review from Veronika
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Too long. Three hours is too long for the most action-packed, concise, emotionally charged play Shakespeare ever wrote. The actors did a great job (exception: Duncan, also the director, who seemingly forgot to rehearse) to overcome the weight of the Dust Bowl idea which was not clearly conceived or consistently carried out. Maybe it would have worked if it had been integrated into the heart of the play, not just clumsily bolted on. The Hecate character is possibly the single most annoying feature of this long-winded production. Her high-pitched singing grated on the nerves and the character did nothing to move the action forward. Again, the actors were fabulous and delivered their lines with skill and passion--too bad they couldn't break free from the uneven staging and tedious sound effects. Their effort is the sole reason for three stars.
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Excellent. Brush up on your Macbeth. If you have never read Macbeth or it's been a long time since you have, I would advise reading at least a summary. If I wouldn't have, I wouldn't have understood what was going on. The play was very enjoyable
This show contains some depictions of violence.