|photo by Sasha Gusov|
My seat was horrible, probably the worst in the house, all the way far right, by the door to the boxes. I couldn't see any entrances on stage left, nor could I see the tree. Um, the tree is important. I wish I could've seen it. I also didn't get a real sense of how the production worked in the space. I think the set was good - it looked like the crumbled ruins of an old theater, which is fascinating, but from my seat, I just couldn't tell. They should probably make my seat obstructed view, but, for free, I shouldn't complain. The guy next to me felt sorry for me, which was funny. I guess I wish I had seen the show later in the run, but I'm awfully glad I got to see it at all. I can't really describe the pleasure I got from seeing Stewart and McKellen - it's as if their generous good hearts, affection for each other, along with their total respect for and commitment to the play, permeated everywhere. You should go.
I had thought that seeing Macbeth on Halloween would be a fun idea. It's got witches. :) Actually, I think we've previously established how much I love the play. I greatly enjoyed Alan Cumming's version that played last season; I also enjoyed Patrick Stewart in the role a few years ago. So when a TDF ticket appeared, I pounced. I admit to having suspicions about Ethan Hawke as Macbeth. Preconceived notions, if you will. Now, again, I only saw the third or fourth preview, but my suspicions were correct. Of course, he has a month to fine tune, but his slacker/underplaying persona didn't really work for me in this role. I will say that he had a wonderful rapport with his Lady Macbeth, and his text was generally clear throughout, but I needed a little something more. A little something heightened, perhaps, especially in the monologues. I thought Brian d'Arcy James was a fantastic Banquo, and I loved John Glover, Byron Jennings and Malcolm Gets as the witches. I also loved how the witches were integrated throughout the evening. I thought Anne-Marie Duff was a fantastic Lady M, with some very interesting line readings. I'm generally a purist when it comes to Shakespeare, but she made her text work because it was steeped in characterization and not 'hey, look how I can change up Shakespeare.' Richard Easton was a wonderful Duncan.
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