mac beth: deep in a dark, dark forest
January 18th, 2020
Before me, a tire, laying on mossy turf. A couch, tilted backward, slashed underneath. A bathtub. And, most strikingly, a pond— or a puddle more exactly. Something like a cool forest pool that, amidst the flotsam, turns menacing. The puddle has a bridge of three planks thrown carelessly across it. The backdrop looks like an abandoned church or a revered prep school. As the first witch enters, texting on her iPhone and in full uniform, I guess it is the latter. This is a master set (by scenic designer Catherine Cornell), and what unfolds across it is a master adaptation of Macbeth by William Shakespeare.