Ryzik, Melena. "Scottish Play Gets Polish Makeover." New York Times 11 June 2008.
I have a decidedly mixed reaction to the production of Macbeth mentioned in the New York Times this morning. My head starts to hurt when I hear things like "“Half the time I didn’t even know what they were saying, but it didn’t even really matter” to describe a Shakespeare play. I think we should know what they're saying, and I think that it does matter.
I'm also worried about this description: "The show is blood-and-guts Shakespeare as a drive-in movie."
On the other hand, it sounds like it's trying to be relevant—as well as visually stunning. But I'm not sure Macbeth-as-action-film is quite what I'd like from a production.
I need my Brooklyn readers to give a report. From where they live, they may be able to hear the fireworks, after all!
Links: NYT Article.
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