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Hartford Stage's Production of 'Macbeth' is Not For the Faint of Heart
Darko Tresnjak’s production of Macbeth at Hartford Stage does the classic tragedy justice and accentuates the speed of the title character’s descent into murderous tyranny. Clocking in at just two-and-a-quarter hours including one intermission, the show is period accurate to the 11th century in look. But the matter at hand — a man who comes into leadership through foul play and then stops at nothing to retain it — seems awfully apt to our times: think Idi Amin or Saddam Hussein or Bashar al- Assad. Such is Shakespeare’s genius that he could pen a piece in 1606 that remains so incisive, and that has a distinctly modern feel, both in terms of psychological analysis and literary structure.
By Karen Bovard
October 7, 2013