This production of the Scottish play is the largest I've seen live. It's directed by Jack O'Brien and boils it into a almost overflowing pot that fairly assaults the senses visually and audibly causing the skin to tremble and heart to pound. The costumes by Catherine Zuber are a character in themselves, particularly as worn as haute couture by a lithe but fragile Lady Macbeth, played Anne-Marie Duff. Ethan Hawke takes on Macbeth and keeps him on the edge of insanity. He was completely weird and mad in the role. I found him enthralling yet loathsome and almost couldn't wait for him to meet his end.
The other principals are Richard Easton as Duncan, Francesca Faridany as Hecate, Brian D'Arcy James as Banquo, Jonny Arsini as Malcom and Daniel Sunjata as Macduff. The meddlesome witches were gamely and brilliantly gender-bended by John Glover, Malcolm Gets and Byron Jennings. I especially wanted to re-wind Glover's recitations - he managed to make me laugh and shiver simultaneously.
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To further immerse myself in all things Shakespeare, I have been watching PBS' Shakespeare Uncovered. This week's timely episode features Ethan Hawke as he researches Macbeth in preparation of taking on the role. You can watch online or check your local listings. It's a very necessary and satisfying series.