Macbeth, the Classic Shakespeare Tragedy at Chapman University
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The last date listed for MacBeth was Saturday February 26, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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This performance of MacBeth was entertaining and made great use of Shakespearian language. The set and characters were done in a more modern style. I thought that Lady MacBeth and MacBeth both did fantastic jobs! I thought that the witches were also good but at points, took the sexual suggestiveness to an over-the-top level which was bordering on inappropriate.
Overall, I liked the play and it was clear that everyone put in a ton of effore to produce an entertaining feature.
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I agree with one of the other reviewers. The set was minimal, yet effective; the actors well rehearsed. However, I felt that sexuality was over used at times.I would not be able to bring my high school students to this production.
Directed by Thomas Bradac.
"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes..." Macbeth is Shakespeare's darkest and most brutal tragedy of regicide, betrayal and supernatural power. A 400-year-old play inhabited by witches, warlocks, murderers and blind ambition, Macbeth could be ripped from today's headlines for its insight into the human condition. Staged by Thomas F. Bradac and designed by Don Guy, Chapman University's production will exploit Shakespeare's poetic language as it reflects upon contemporary human suffering and its need to survive and rebuild in the wake of devastation