Director Jef Hall-Flavin has adapted the play to use just nine actors in three times as many roles, telling the story in a brisk 90 minutes no intermission. If you attend one of the weekday student matinees, that is. For evening and weekend performances (i.e., for grown-ups), they've added an unnecessary 20-minute intermission, which only serves to interrupt the momentum of the ever building tension and violence.
|Vanessa Wasche and Michael Ooms (photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)|
Park Square houses two theater spaces in the historic Hamm building, and it's not uncommon for me to arrive thinking I'm in one theater and then finding out I'm in the other one. I assumed Macbeth was in the larger upstairs proscenium theater, but was happily surprised to find out it's in the smaller downstairs thrust theater. The intimate setting puts you closer to the action, including some disturbingly real fight scenes (choreographed by Doug Scholz-Carlson) and yes, blood.
Public performances of Macbeth continue through April 9, with student matinees continuing through May 5 (click here for more information). It's a pretty intense and frightening look at the (intentional and unintentional) evils caused by the single-minded pursuit of power.