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Gunston Arts Center
Adjacent to Gunston Middle School 2700 S. Lang Street Arlington, VA 22206
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"Voodoo Macbeth"
13 ratings
3.2 average rating
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122 events
7 reviews
68 stars
attended Mar 30 2013

Trying too see all the Shakespeare plays but will not count this for MacBeth. I have read the play but it was still very hard to follow. Very bizarre. Should have left at intermission but stayed in error. Zero Stars. Have seen 30 shows in the...continued

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Gary L.
37 events
31 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 23 2013

Not the way ole' Will envisioned it. Really bizarre. Left at intermission with most of the audience. No Stars

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42 events
16 reviews
6 stars
attended Mar 30 2013

"Voodoo Macbeth" is a gripping theatrical experience with some conceptual flaws:
1) the director's identification of the witches/evil with fundamental Christians, bizarrely mixed in with some Roman Catholic references-- a vague mass, rosaries,...continued

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The Federal Theatre Project’s production of Voodoo Macbeth in 1936 is legendary for its cast of African-American actors. A marginalized group heretofore seen in primarily dancing and singing roles, the play challenged audiences to acknowledge and appreciate their clear talent and ability. Set in Haiti, Shakespeare’s themes of witchcraft and the occult were replaced by the island’s practices of voodoo.

TACT Artistic Director Jack Marshall sought in Director Kathleen Akerley an artist who most embodies Welles’ fearless pursuit of dynamic theater, with his willingness to break rules and expectations to keep the stage what it was meant to be: vivid, challenging, and controversial.

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