Monday, 28 November 2011

Macbeth in Review

I had the privilege of attending the Aquila Theatre production of Macbeth on the weekend. As I reflect on my experience, I am completely in awe of the commitment the actors have to their roles. The old English grammar was wonderfully presented. I was glad to have had some exposure to old English in my studies, as otherwise it may have been difficult to follow.

The lighting effects were well done as they set the stage by replacing multiple props. With the absence of cumbersome props, the focus was truly on the actors and their dialogue. The simplistic costumes were ideal and reflective of the times without being overpowering.

A familiarity with Macbeth was crucial to the enjoyment of this production. Without this prior knowledge, it may have been hard understanding the underlying themes.

This production of Macbeth was put on by TELUS, Keyano Theatre Company, and Aquila Theatre. There were five show times for this production between November 24 and 27.

Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 by Peter Meineck and has been based in New York since 1999. Currently they are touring with two productions: Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest. The production of Macbeth at the Keyano Theatre was the only Canadian stop for their tour.

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