The Power of Prophecy
Betrayal, Assassination, Guilt and Revenge
Directed by Alan Stanford
PICT Classic Theater
JoAnn R. Forrester, Review
Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s shortest and darkest plays was first
staged over five
hundred years. It’s insights into the human character and the thirst and
consequence of greed and power still ring true.
|David Whalen as Macbeth|
The play Macbeth depicts the tale of a brave Scottish General, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth, who become consumed by a prophecy of glory and power based on the prediction of witches heard shortly shortly after a major victory and promotion. This prophesy grabs him, twists him and turns into a murderous and paranoid man who retains his power by eliminating all those he perceives as a threat.
Lady Macbeth passion for power is ignited when she reads the witches prophesy in a letter from her husband. She sees herself as Queen of Scotland and what is a little murder or two to get what has been prophesized. She is his eager partner in the royal murder and cover up. Unexpectedly her conscience raises it head. Lady Macbeth is gripped in remorse and guilt, and is driven to commit suicide to escape her pain.
Alan Stoppard is a great director and has that touch that brings the theater alive, whether it is drama, comedy or tragedy. One of his unique touches was how the witches are portrayed. They weave an eerie spell of magic with sinuous movements and their multi layered costumes weave a spell of first they are there and then they are not.
The Charity Randall Theater captured my imagination with its dark gray vaulted ceiling setting the scene as medieval Scottish castle. The use of mist to portray the mysterious atmosphere worked well. The costumes at first seemed drab to me and I wanted to see more color and splendor. But it worked and forced me and I believe the actors to project their character. The choreograph scenes of the battles and murders with mist, drums and lighting conveyed the dark murderous times.
I am fascinated by English, Scottish and Irish history. I revel in reading about the time when the sword and the pike often settle the score and decided who will reign. It is a bloody ruthless time that we in the US find difficult to understand. After all, we believe in the “peaceful transfer of power” and fight our battles at the polls. Of course, if we are honest, we would admit we now use character assassination to accomplish our drive and thirst for political power. And unfortunately wars are still fought to gain and keep power today. Regardless of the “reasons” we have wars today; it is still based on Shakespeare’s reading of the human character.
As one of my British friends would exclaim, “Good show” I suggest you make the time to see PICT’S Macbeth. It is first rate theatre. We are so fortunate to have this first rate Theatre Company with us. Go, enjoy and be immersed in murder and intrigue at its finest.
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