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Perfect for the Season: “Macbeth”

by | Oct 27, 2019 | Arts & Entertainment, Bottom Left Box, Stories from Davidson College

If you know your Macbeth, just get a ticket to one of the remaining performances of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” and show up for 90 minutes of powerful theater, directed by Mark Sutch, professor and chair of the Davidson College Theatre Department.

If this is your first Macbeth, you have several choices: read the play, read a summary of the play, or at least take in an annotated list of characters. Or heck, just buy a ticket and enjoy this spooky, gender-blind production as it unfolds on Joe Gardner’s inventive set.

The actors are sure-footed and purposeful in Sutch’s fast-moving, technically challenging treatment of the Bard’s shortest tragedy. As to the casting, this may be the best element of a novice’s experience. Lady Macbeth wears the bloody mantle of ambition in this story, showing no patience for the brooding ambivalence of her beloved Thane. With such a couple at the center of this tale, what signifies the gender of Macduff?

For ticket information, contact the Union Box Office. Remaining shows are November 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and October 27 and November 3 at 2 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson campus.

Meg Kimmel

A professional communicator with a long career in higher education, Meg now consults and volunteers in areas where words and images work together to tell a story. She's a proud member of Davidson's Class of 1977 and lives nearby with her husband, Don, Davidson professor emeritus of biology, with whom she shares a family grown by kinship and choice.

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