Parlour Macbeth | Chief O'Neill's | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Parlour Macbeth 

When: Mon., Nov. 17 2014
Price: $10 suggested donation
stonesoupshakespeare.com
If you're aiming for authenticity when it comes to Shakespeare, say some Bard diehards, less is more. That's all well and fine, but Kit Ryan's production for Stone Soup Shakespeare strips the Scottish play well beyond the essentials by eschewing a full cast (it's pared down to three actors), a set or lighting, and, ultimately, a notable directorial vision. Even the nontraditional space—the back room of a pub—feels like a distraction to be forgiven rather than a central part of the concept. Carl Herzog, Ken Miller, and Julia Stemper reveal themselves to be able performers, but they're often at odds with each other—Stemper's seething Lady Macbeth, for instance, seems to be acting on a larger stage than her husband, whose naturalistic soliloquies are barely audible over "Highway to Hell" downstairs. —Dan Jakes

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