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OSF Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0720  Monday, 11 March 2002

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Friday, 08 Mar 2002 07:44:48 -0800
Subject:        OSF Macbeth

I write from Ashland, Oregon, where I have borrowed a computer to warn
list members who favor the Oregon Shakespeare Festival about their new
production of *Macbeth.*

I'll not go into much detail.  To do it justice would take several
thousand words, but anyone buying a ticket should be aware that the text
is heavily adapted by director Libby Apel and dramaturg Lue Morgan
Doughit, who share the writing credit in the form of *Adapted by...*

The text has been very heavily pruned, the night I saw the show it ran
for and hour and 48 minutes, characters have been telescoped, some
eliminated, I noticed a couple of word substitutions, and one speech has
been moved to the end.  A review mentioned transpositions, but I did not
catch any of those.

There are a half-dozen brilliant directorial touches, and two dozen that
simply did not work for me, the most radical being casting six actors,
four women and two man, all the roles that survived the adaptation.

I know from our on-list discussion of *Troilus and Cressida* last year
that my likes and dislikes are not shared by all, nor am I arrogant or
mean enough to insult a bunch of creative people who did their best to
give us an evening of compelling theater.  I will say that anyone who
plunks down their hard earned shekels may want to know what they are
getting into.  If the description I have given intrigues you, great.
Have a wonderful time, but this production is not for all markets.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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