Macbeth

Shelley Butler and Patrick Ross at PlayPenn. Photo by John Flak.

Beyond PlayPenn: Former conference interns come into their own, part 3

Former PlayPenn interns come into their own as theater professionals.

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Shakespeare Fringe Roundup: Misadventures among the classics

Toby Zinman gives bullet reviews of nine Shakespeare-ish shows in this year’s Fringe.

Brett Mapp all dressed up to Fringe. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

How to Win at Fringe: Seeing 35 shows with Brett Mapp

Brett Mapp knows his Fringe. His itinerary would be a good starting point for anyone considering what to see.

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Can’t decide what to see in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival? Check out Deb Miller’s recommendations in her annual top picks preview.

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MACBETH (Philly Shakes): Blood should have blood

This is a solidly accessible MACBETH, with comprehensible delivery and an easy-to-follow story—the kind of Shakespeare you go see with your high school class.

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MACBETH (Villanova): Ambition, conscience, fates, and kazoos

This production offers gore, unconventionality, and laughs, and certainly strikes up debates about the meaning of the play’s profound poetry.

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EQUIVOCATION (Arden): They made him an offer he can’t refuse

In the wake of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Shakespeare is summoned to take on a play commission for the Crown.

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DISHWASHER (Brian Feldman): 2015 Fringe review 10.2

DISHWASHER exposes a reality of life: Performing a monologue can be a service just like washing a dish

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TILL BIRNAM WOOD… (John Schultz): 2015 Fringe review 3

Shakespeare blindfolded: In the darkness, Shakespeare is illuminated.

Sarah Schol (l.) and Emily Schuman. Photo by John Doges.

THE SECRETARIES (Quince): An erotic-hilarious farce—not suited for an embarrassed young man?

Warning: Don’t see this erotic-thriller-parody if you take life too seriously! Also: Don’t take life to seriously.

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2014/15 Critics’ Awards: The best in Philadelphia theater

Local theater writers vote for their favorites in twelve categories!

Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth with Ben Dibble as Banquo. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Rare emotion and rarer straightforwardness [critical mass review #5]

The elements which displease other writers are what makes this production a success, according to Michael Fisher in review five of the ongoing Critical Mass series.

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“My greatest challenge as a director on Shakespeare”: Alex Burns on language in MACBETH (Arden), part 2

“The magic of Shakespeare is not in his plots. Shakespeare’s genius is his poetry,”

Jahzeer Terrell as a soldier, Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth, Terence Macsweeny and Sean Bradley as Soldiers in MACBETH at the Arden. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Shakepeare as spectacle [critical mass review #4]

It’s the fourth installment of the Critical Mass review of MACBETH at the Arden, but Julius Ferraro thinks too many works have already been written about an unremarkable piece of theater.

Ensemble in Arden Theatre Company's production of MACBETH. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Numb from the neck down, well almost [critical mass review #3]

Jessica Foley gives this week’s critical mass take on MACBETH at the Arden, part of a new review series on Phindie.

Judith Lightfoot Clarke as Lady Macbeth with Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth. Photo by Mark Garvin.

MACBETH (Arden): Fast but not furious [critical mass review #2]

Alexander Burns’ production of MACBETH at Arden Theatre Company is energetic and visually engaging, but it lacks ferocity and substance.

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MACBETH (Arden): Bloody bold and resolute [critical mass review #1]

Burns maintains the energy and pacing of his best work for Quintessence and takes full advantage of the Arden’s high production values to create an exuberant and understandable version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth with Ben Dibble as Banquo. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Critical Mass: Arden’s MACBETH introduces a new feature on Phindie

Readers of Phindie will know that I’m a big fan of William Shakespeare. Yet in the Fall, when I got an invitation to see a favored young Shakespeare group, Revolution…

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The firstlings of their heart: MACBETH marks Revolution Shakespeare’s first full production

This fall sees Revolution Shakespeare’s first full production: a New Orleans-inspired MACBETH, from October 1-12.

Deanna Gibson plays one of three witches in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s MACBETH (Photo credit: Lee A. Butz)

MACBETH (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival): A Minimalist Vision

Director Patrick Mulcahy takes a modernist approach to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of MACBETH, with a 20th-century minimalist aesthetic that compels the audience to focus on the emotions and actions of the characters and the power of the playwright’s language. It’s stark and intense, and also, at times, oddly anachronistic and comical, performed in attire that suggests a peculiar mash-up of wartime Berlin and dance club chic, military and punk.