Macbeth at Fort Point is now underway, and we’re in the Previews phase of the project, with a new partner in crime – our audience! Having an audience changes everything, and brings a fresh dynamic, new challenges, and surprises unexpected. I’ve now got a sense, after only two performances, how much enthusiasm and excitement is being shared toward us.
Last night’s performance was our first Preview, and the weather was numbingly cold; wind, dampness. The audience definitely went on a journey that perhaps was unexpected in terms of geography, travel, endurance of the elements, and more. The wind was so fierce at times, that I was nearly knocked over. But through it all, we had an audience that stuck with it, bravely.
I’d like to share some comments from a friend (with unbiased opinion) who saw the show last night.
You ever see something so great that you just want to grab people by the lapel and DRAG them to it?
Go See Macbeth. Discard your reservations and go. It’s worth the money. It’s worth the time. It’s worth the trip. It’s worth the cold.
As is often the case, it takes me a good 20 minutes or so to get used to the Shakespeareian English and then it becomes engrossing.
The magic combination of that play with that venue cannot be overstated. A few lines of dialogue in the courtyard are lost to the expanse and wind, but so much more is gained. You feel as though you are in a dark, gloomy castle, going up and down stone spiral stairwells, and steeping yourself in the dark heart of the play.
Without giving away too many surprises, it is immersive in a way no stage-bound play could be. In several scenes, the audience becomes the crowd, feasts in the great hall, and (more redacted per the “giving away too many surprises” edict, above.)
The sun sets over the course of the play, further adding genuine atmospherics to the goings on.
It is among the very best plays I’ve ever seen.
The performances are very good. The Weird Sisters (the “Double Double Toil and Trouble” witches) were fantastically bizarre and compelling, with a (suitably) weird performance-art vibe that was perfect. As a battle-bloodied captain, Mr. Ragle was great. [I knew you had range beyond The Scowl™. Well done.]
The music – a four piece band of trumpet, trombone, baritone (bass, maybe) saxophone and drums add tremendously, and provide entertainment and fill transitions, as the audience moves from one set to the next.
Bravo and thanks to everyone involved.
Oh – a word about the cold. In addition to the usual, I wore two sweaters, a hoodie, a jacket a knit cap, two pairs of long-johns, two pairs of socks, gloves and a scarf. I was fine. Most everyone was. Just dress for a weekend in the arctic, and you’ll forget the cold soon enough. The wind will only knock you over a few times….
There you have it. I hope this compels you to get to see our show.
Tickets available through We Players’ website – here.