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Re: Scotland, PA
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0495  Wednesday, 20 February 2002

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Feb 2002 10:36:52 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0481 Scotland, PA
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0481 Scotland, PA

I have not seen it but Entertainment Weekly has also given it a tepid
review. It follows here:

If the notion of setting Macbeth in the Bad Company-and-worse-haircut
'70s sounds like a joke, that's just what it is - but in Scotland, PA.,
Billy Morrissette's midnight-toker transposition of Shakespeare, it's a
joke at once flaky and resonant, lightweight and bizarrely original.
Macbeth and his scheming lady here become the McBeths (James LeGros and
Maura Tierney), a randy, long-haired pair of greasy-spoon employees who
favor getting it on in the supply closet. That is, until they get the
idea to dunk the owner of Duncan's diner into the deep-fat fryolator,
all so that they can turn his establishment into a drive-thru fast-food
joint.

Funny? Yes, but in its slapdash way, it sounds nuttier than it plays,
especially when Christopher Walken shows up as the Colombo-like
vegetarian "Lieut. McDuff." Morrissette piles on the period trappings
(Yahtzee, Mark Spitz) and the equivalents he finds for everything from
the witches - they're stoners led by Timothy "Speed" Levitch - to
Banquo's ghost become a running game for the audience. It all adds up to
a vision of '70s sleaze as little more than the hippie reawakening of
ambition.  B-

Owen Gleiberman

It sounds like the only thing it is given credit for is that it takes
Shakespeare and does something original with it that sometimes works,
sometimes doesn't.

Brian Willis

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