Bard shines at the farm
ARM OBSERVER MACBETH REVIEW
contributed Regal: Kelly McIntosh is convincing in her role as
Lady Macbeth.By Barb Brouwer
Aug 02 2006
you get when you transport William Shakespeare to a farm in Armstrong?
Caravan Farm Theatre's winning production of Macbeth, of course.
first skirl of the bagpipes, to the prolonged applause as the lights go down,
this year's summer production is, like its author, a masterpiece.
Estelle Shook has masterfully woven the characters in this tragic tale of
treachery and madness.
one of Shakespeare's most popular plays and his shortest tragedy, is regarded as
an archetypal tale of the dangers of the lust for power and betrayal of friends.
performers Michael McManus, Kelly McIntosh, Steven Hill, Anthony Ingram, Billy
Marchenski, David Petersen, Sharon Stearns, Allan Merovitz and Beverley Peacock
turn in stunning performances.
Elizabethan English, spoken beautifully by the actors, takes a bit to get used
to, the magic of the performance sweeps the viewer into the heart of the play
and the passions of its characters.
that might at first seem incongruous - some actors in Shakespearean garb, others
in suits or farming attire - bring this morality play to its rightful place in
are laughs to be had too.
visit to the witches' cavern is downright delicious. Who can forget the weird
sisters' incantations, "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and
designers Catherine Hahn and Harry vander Schee have made brilliant use of a
steep hill that does indeed allow Birnam wood to come to Dunsinane.
talented members of the Kalmalka Highlanders Pipe Band add appropriate notes to
the Scottish play and the farm's own noble steeds, Tinker, Tom, Jason, Barley
and Jerry help set the scene too.
probably not the best production for very small children, but were students
introduced to the works of Shakespeare through this production, the bard would
likely have a much larger present-day fan club.
aren't familiar with the story, it would be advisable to read a synopsis
beforehand. There are plenty of them on the Internet. Macbeth runs to August 27
at 7:30 p.m. nightly, except Mondays.
information, call Caravan's toll-free line at 1-866-546-8533.