Macbeth at PICT Classic Theatre | Program Notes

Macbeth at PICT Classic Theatre

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Three performances remain of this effective staging of Shakespeare’s tragedy, whose supernatural doings complement its gore-filled portrait of ambition gone off the rails.

Patrick Jordan (left) and David Whalen in Macbeth
It’s also among Shakespeare’s most streamlined and straightforward plays, with a couple famous soliliquies (“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”) and plenty of examples of his additions to the English language, including might be the earliest recorded knock-knock jokes.

The title role is played by Pittsburgh’s busiest leading man, David Whalen, with support form top local talent like Gayle Pazerski, James FitzGerald and Patrick Jordan.

The production, directed by PICT's Alan Stanford, looks great, too. Costume-designer Michael Montgomery has everyone wearing headscarves (a la motorcyclists), which has a curious visual leveling effect (because you can’t see anyone’s hair). Notable too are the movement styles for the three witches — floating weightlessly on their toes — and witch goddess Hecate (played by Karen Baum), who creeps around like a spider. (The choreographer is Mark Conway Thompson.)

Here’s Gwendolyn Kiste’s review for CP.

The remaining shows are at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and the 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Macbeth is staged in the appropriately classic confines of the Charity Randall Theatre, inside Oakland’s Stephen Foster Memorial, at 4301 Forbes Ave.

Tickets are $25-48 and are available here.

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