NOVEMBER 2019 | Volume 185


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The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth
by Mac Bethad mac Finlaích (and William Shakespeare)
Literary Larceny Artistic Collective
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.
Dec. 4-15
$15-$30 or 604-224-8007

A group of Vancouver's finest comedic, theatrical and improvisational minds come together for a new play: a comedic look at Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, just in time for the holidays.

Macbeth is known around the world not only as one of Shakespeare's greatest villains, but also as a name shrouded in superstition, that thespians do not speak aloud lightly.  Now, after 400 years of torment, the Scottish King has come back to the stage to retell his story one last time, and perhaps exonerate himself from centuries of infamy and break the witches’ curse. Smashing together comedy, improv and the great words of the Bard, The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth promises an entertaining evening for comedy and Shakespeare fans alike.

This mighty endeavour is overseen by two directors, the legendary Bernard Cuffling (Bard on the Beach) handling the classic text while the equally iconic Gary Jones (Vancouver Theatre Sports League) will direct the improvisation.

The cast includes David C. Jones  of Vancouver Theatre Sports League, and Brent HiroseAiden Wright, Bridgette May and Ese Atawo, who are all members of Instant Theatre and their hit show Shakespeare After Dark.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is considered one of The Bard's greatest plays, and it is also one of his shortest. Originally written as a tribute to the newly crowned King James, it was written quite quickly and included elements like witches and ancestry to appeal to the king. This resulted in some aspects of the play that don't quite come together, and these frayed edges are threads the cast will pull upon to unravel the play and present it in a way never quite seen before. No Shakespeare expertise required, but it will certainly help to enjoy the fun of deconstructing this literary classic. There's no better way to escape the incessant holiday cheer than to let off a little steam and laugh with one of Shakespeare's best (misunderstood?) monsters!

Directed by Bernard Cuffling & Gary Jones and starring Ese Atawo, Brent Hirose, David C. Jones, Brigette May and Aidan Wright. Partially improvised, partially scripted and fully satisfying.

The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth runs Wednesday December 4 until Sunday December 15 at the Jericho Arts Centre. 7:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday with 2pm shows on Sundays.

Relaxed Performance on Sunday December 8, 2pm

$10 Previews: December 3 & 4

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Seniors/Students: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

A version of The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth was originally produced as part of the Studio 58's Risky Nights projects under the title Risky Macbeth in January 2014, conceived by David C Jones and created with the students.



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