Tonight, instead of feverishly trying to get to 20,000 words on my NaNo project (you’ll get another excerpt on Friday), I took a wee break to go see Macbeth, currently in previews at the Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.
And I took the opportunity to walk around the west side in a way I haven’t done in a long time. More fodder for the novel. My friend even helped me make a list of places I should stick into the story.
Macbeth is one of the numerous Shakespeare plays I read in high school. It was the one I remember as the most…malleable…when it came time to write comparison essays for the New York State Regents. I remember watching a Japanese film adaptation called Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, in English class, where Lady Macbeth was simply frightening because of the placement of her eyebrows and her entrances and exits in absolute silence.
This production stars Ethan Hawke as Macbeth and Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth. The set was very interesting; the stage is HUGE. I looked down and saw the stage in the round, but actually, it extends into a full stage that goes very far back. There was much jogging by the actors during scene changes.
The Three Witches were always one of my favorite parts of Macbeth. The witches were played by three men, with familiars crawling on the floor and making animal noises. Smoke, lights, and a very cool backdrop lent more to the eeriness of the witches.
My other favorite of Macbeth? Lady Macbeth. I love her when she’s planning murder. I love her when she’s taunting her husband. I even like her when she falls into guilt-ridden madness. I liked her in this production very much. (If you want to read something mystical and based on the historical Celtic queen that Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth is based, I highly recommend Susan Fraser King’s Lady Macbeth).
I’ll be honest, though: Donalbain and Malcolm and Fleance and all of them? Could not tell them apart. Only figured out which one was Malcolm when he was ordering his army to cut down trees in Birnam Wood (the way they did this was so cool, btw).
And now I have a list of places to potentially add to the NaNo, which is a total bonus.