Taking my seat in Haywood Arts Regional Theatre‘s spacious theatre this past Thursday, I knew I was in for a treat. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed HART plays in the past, but this time they were presenting one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays: Macbeth. The sole theme of this play revolves around the battle of dark and light, focusing on three witches. Audience members question: are these witches controlling the violent and greed-filled acts of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, or are they simply propheting the future? On the edge of your seat and tremors throughout your spine, this play is perfect for Halloween.
The casting was spot on in my opinion. David Sebren, or Macbeth himself, is a newbie to HART in this play, but he has an extensive acting career. From the moment he stepped on stage and delivered his first lines, I could tell that he was familiar with Shakesperean lingo, and I was not surprised to find out that he has participated in the popular North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Macbeth’s Lady, Kirstin Leigh Daniel, not only perfectly fit her character, but paired with Sebren, they owned the roles. Her sarcastic portrayals and controlling character wouldn’t have shone as brightly if we hadn’t had the perfectly love-struck Macbeth (Sebren) at her side.
The set was minimal, but just enough. I don’t want to give too terribly much away, but within the first few minutes of the play, I was impressed with the engineering of it all. The use of a fog machine throughout various scenes also added a mysterious mood that kept my eyes glued to the stage, searching for the actors among the haze of Scotland.
Arguably one of the most important parts to a play is the music. In this case, the director’s choice of adding the original score to the play benefited the production in its entirety. From cute-sy wind chimes while Macbeth was reaching for his hallucinogenic dagger to powerful drums in the witches’ scenes, the addition of music played a significant role in capturing the audience’s attention during specific scenes.
For my first Shakespeare production, I’m glad I went to HART. Steven Lloyd did an outstanding job putting this play together for Western North Carolina, and missing it would be a shame. There are only three shows left, and having the opportunity to see it on Halloween weekend would be spook-tastic! Check Macbeth out at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and a 3:00 matinee on Sunday.
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