Macbeth – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

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Victor Love (left) as Hecate and Neal A. Ghant as Macbeth in Georgia Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Photo by Bill DeLoach Photography

Something Wicked This Way Comes

It’s October, and one of theater’s most famous plays takes center stage during the bewitching autumn season. William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth comes to life once again, this time, as part of Georgia Shakespeare’s 2012 season.

In 1936, a landmark production of the play called Voodoo Macbeth was performed as part of the Federal Theatre Project Negro Unit – which showcased African American performers and classical material – and was under the direction of a young Orson Welles.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of that event, the NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) and Georgia Shakespeare teamed up to create a new production with the same goals as the original. To bring this contemporary retelling to the stage, they brought in director Raelle Myrick-Hodges, along with a brilliantly talented cast and crew.

Instead of the Scottish countryside, the play is set on an island during colonized rule. But. Shakespeare’s dark tale of ambition and pride remains true to the original.

The cast features many wonderful performances, including the strong pairing of Neal A. Ghant and Cynthia D. Barker as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. A number of memorable supporting roles, such as Victor Love’s dynamic portrayal of Hecate and Duncan, and Greg Lockett’s impassioned performance as Macduff added to the dramatic energy of the show.

For fans of the Bard, Georgia Shakespeare’s newest version of Macbeth brings a creative twist that is worth the price of admission, and the “cursed Scottish play” makes for a great addition to any theater-goer’s October entertainment.

Georgia Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth runs October 4 through October 28, 2012 at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. Contact Georgia Shakespeare for tickets at www.gashakespeare.org or 404-504-1473.

– Christi Whitney