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t’s the forest primeval in Marin Shake- and seduces her husband into doing what speare’s production of Macbeth. Even he really wants to do. Elsman’s Macbeth is before the nymphs and witches come torn, but led by his wife and own vaulting out of the woodwork, ambition, he commits his designer Mark RobinďŹ rst murder. NOW PLAYING son’s twisted-branch and A chorus of supernatuMacbeth runs through Aug. 14 at Forest Meadows monolithic-stone sets tell ral creatures in diaphanous Amphitheatre, Dominican us we are at the mercy of gowns appears to orchesUniversity, 1475 Grand Ave., wanton gods. The imagtrate the action, but the real San Rafael; 415/499-4488 ery is powerful, as characdrama starts in a desolate www.marinshakespeare.org ters are convulsively taken tableau as the now royal over by supernatural forccouple sit at opposite ends es, but it does raise quesof a long table. This ďŹ rst-act tions about personal responsibility—and ending drives the more powerful second the murdering Macbeths. If their deeds are act as Matthew’s Lady Macbeth sorrownot their own, where is the drama and sus- fully acknowledges that “all the perfumes pense? in Arabyâ€? can’t wash away her blood, and Happily, actors William Elsman and Elsman’s Macbeth, in agonizing speeches Alexandra Matthew provide plenty of that bring out all of Shakespeare’s dazzling anguish and bloody hand-wringing as the poetry, accepts his own guilt. A tender infamous couple who ďŹ nd that blood leads scene between Lady Macduff (Burboeck) to blood. The dark tale, directed by Lesley and her child (Angelica Zuber) adds to the Currier, begins as Macbeth and his best pathos, while Robert Currier as a drunken friend Banquo (Darren Bridgett) come porter provides the only laughs of the home from a successful battle and meet evening. the three “weird sistersâ€? (Lynne Soffer, Something wicked this way comes Sylvia Burboeck and Madeleine Harindeed, but also something comical and ris) who have good news and bad news: magical can be seen this summer with The Macbeth is going to become king, the trio Complete History of America (abridged), of witches tells him, but it will be Banquo’s and The Tempest taking their turns upon children who will inherit the crown. This the stage. ✚ means Macbeth must kill both men, and Get pushy with Lee at freshleebrady@gmail.com. although he is reluctant to take action, his Critique this review in TownSquare, at ambitious wife isn’t, and the bloodletting ›› paciďŹ csun.com begins. Matthew is ďŹ ery-eyed as she goads

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Pacific Sun Weekly 07.22.2011 - Section1  
Pacific Sun Weekly 07.22.2011 - Section1  

Section 1 of the July 22, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

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