Directed by Scott Westerman
At The Artistic Home, Chicago
“Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee;
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.” –Macbeth
Futurist water shortage world proves an appropriate setting for “The Scottish Play.”
One of the challenges in staging Macbeth in a small storefront theatre is creating the proper atmosphere and tone for Shakespeare’s psychological tragedy. Jake Bray’s set and lighting, complete with several ramps, a two level, and a gloomy darkish set, evokes the troubles ahead, especially concerning the shortage of water that is referenced in the text. With the high boots and leather-Misti Bradford’s costumes-the atmosphere is ready for The Bard’s play. This is a most worthy production led by the tour de force performance by John Mossman, a veteran of many Shakespeare productions, as Macbeth.
Macbeth is all about the lust for power that finds friends betraying each other, where blinding ambition of a general and his wife propel them to kill to feed their lust for power. We see Scotland become filled with murder and violence.
Macbeth is a psychological study that finds Macbeth (John Mossman plays the general/king effectively) suffering from delusional and paranoid behavior with loads of guilt as he gains the Scottish throne only to be obsessed with retaining his power. Lady Macbeth (Maria Stephens) uses her seductive power over men to gain her desires.
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At The Artistic Home, 1276 W. Grand, Chicago, IL, 312-243-3963, www.theartistichome.org, tickets $28 -$32, Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3pm, running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission, through April 4, 2015.