Macbeth | Filament Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Jessica Woodburn

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 5 2017
Price: $15, $10 students and seniors
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Shakespeare's tragedy comes to Portage Park for this All-Stars Theatre Company production. Director Ellen Cribbs's staging stresses macabre elements of the work at the expense of almost everything else about it. True, witches are what many people associate with the story, but their function is all the more spooky because it's ancillary; they haunt the margins of the play, not its center. Yet here, Erika Lebby, Maggie Miller, and Arin Mulvaney dominate the confused Macbeth, played by Chris Lysy not as a king of "vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself" but rather as a submissive pawn in an unmotivated, supernatural game. What Merrick Robison does with the Porter at hell’s gate is oddly hilarious, and Clark Bender is excellent as Banquo. —Max Maller

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