Across the river and down Brattle Street in Harvard Square is the American Repertory Theater. This award winning theater company consistently produces innovative, new shows that attract some of America’s most talented actors from Broadway to Hollywood and this season is no exception.
Recently I was able to attend MacBeth in Stride which will be closing Sunday, November 14th. This world premiere rock musical written by and starring Obie Award and Lilly Award winning director, actor, and musician, Whitney White had me as enthralled as when I saw Jagged Little Pill world premiere in the same theater in the spring of 2018. This isn’t the Shakespeare you learned in school. Whitney deconstructs the play from the point of view of Lady MacBeth. However, I think WBUR’s review sums up the show best saying, “Part theater, part concert, part real-talk — the show is a fascinating deconstruction of “Macbeth” that reimagines its leading lady as a boss Black woman angling for power.”
The ever so easy on they eyes, Charlie Thurston, who plays a backseat in this play as King MacBeth, is believeable in his role as he descends into madness after killing King Duncan at the urging of his manipulative and power hungry wife. The sassy three witches singing their version of “double, double toil and trouble” had my pulse racing and felt more like a rock concert than a play but like WBUR wrote “it works”. While the opportunity to see this show draws to a close, this powerhouse show will hopefully be taken on the road – if it does be sure to see it.
Don’t be bummed if you can’t see this show because in a few weeks time, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) will world premiere another show that is going to be a must see (and perhaps work its way to Broadway) called, Wild: A Musical Becoming. The show which opens December 5th will star Tony Award Winning actress, Idina Menzel, Javier Muñoz (Broadway’s In the Heights and Hamilton), Deborah Craig (Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and many more. Here is the full list of cast members.
The A.R.T.’s line-up for the spring of 2022 looks to be equally exciting, including an environmental showdown in Ocean Filibuster and their final production of the season, a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, 1776.
You heard it from me – make plans and get your tickets today.