“Macbeth in Marin: That's Entertainment!
Marin Shakespeare's Macbeth, skillfully directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier who also brought us last year's thrillingly brilliant production of Antony and Cleopatra.
Macbeth is an audience favorite, aptly described as "bloody fun". Ghosts! Witches! Murder! Battles! Poetry! Comedy! That's Entertainment!
Macbeth is also one of the most philosophically rich plays in the Shakespearean canon, raising profound questions of religion, guilt, morality and destiny.
The Marin production (which I DO recommend) succeeds in the "bloody fun" aspects....
William Elsman's incarnation of Macbeth is wonderfully watchable. Here is a Macbeth of great personal charm and athletic grace, who physically towers over everybody else. His size and persuasive puppy-dog charm puts one in mind of motivational guru Tony Robbins, but without brains or moral compass. Many critics have remarked on Macbeth's stupidity (at least as compared to Shakespeare's other tragic characters) and Elsman does an excellent job of portraying a man with many gifts but little insight.
Alexandra Matthew as Lady Macbeth (clearly the brains of the marriage) partners him well and is consistently convincing as she descends into madness.
Artistic director Robert Currier does a star comedic turn as The Porter, appropriately adding contemporary references, clowning directly with the audience and generally making a rousing success of a part that is often funnier in concept than execution. Mr. Currier also greeted audience members at the theater gate, advised on the purchase of refreshments at intermission, and generally played the perfect Porter and host throughout the evening. He is a man of many talents.
Young actors Lucas Rudy (as Fleance) and Angelica Zuber (as Macduff's child) give fine, completely professional, nuanced performances that leave an impression.
it delivers solid entertainment. For families who want to introduce young teens (and bright pre-teens) to Shakespeare, it is an excellent choice.”
– Charles Kruger, Bay Area Theater Examiner