2001

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2130  Friday, 7 September 2001

From:           S Herbert <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 6 Sep 2001 07:32:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Globe Macbeth

It sounds like at least a few other people on the list found some
redeeming features in the performance.  I did not require a historically
accurate performance (obviously).  The witches' chanting to jazz music
worked for me because it brought out their pleasure in the process of
manipulating Macbeth.  The evening dress seemed like a convenient
minimalism, useful in a production with little scenery and no
intermission -- though it did help me see the Macbeths as a sort of
murderous Ken and Barbie, ungrounded by anything except ambition, and
hence rather easy for the witches to push around.  But the buckets were
definitely distracting.  Especially annoying were the stones that got
dropped into the buckets whenever a character died -- I think they
represented souls.  The witches as nerdy janitors from hell?  The
program didn't help with such questions, by the way.

Is it still a theatrical convention to avoid the play's name and to
refer to it as the Scottish Play?

-- Sarah Herbert

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