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REVIEW: Evil at its purest form

LU Theatre's 'Macbeth' never dull

UP Contributor

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013

Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 13:03


UP Brittany Blackwell

Natalie Cardona, left, plays Lady Macbeth and Daniel Sharpless plays Macbeth in Lamar Theatre's production of "Macbeth," which runs through March 3 in the University Theatre.


Lamar University’s Department of Theatre & Dance presented the first of five showings of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” directed by Joel Grothe, on Feb. 28.

The play begins with a captivating fight scene that immediately catches the full attention of the audience. This scene is wild, organized and entertaining simultaneously.  His production of “Macbeth” captures the ambitious drive of a couple willing to stop at nothing to reach the height of their desires.

Daniel Sharpless (Macbeth) and Natalie Cardona (Lady Macbeth) portray the absolute idea of a couple driven crazy by love and ambition. The chemistry between the two is astonishing and displays a true devotion for one another. Sharpless and Cardona give an almost flawless performance, both when acting together and separately. Sharpless’ depiction of Macbeth is brilliant, for he retains the madness, guilt and drive of Shakespeare’s character. Cardona’s representation of Lady Macbeth is spectacular. She excels in playing an insensible, driven woman, as well as the loving queen to her king. Her hair-raising screams send chills throughout the audience.

King Duncan, played by David Hooker, verbalizes Shakespeare’s English lexicon without fault. Hooker’s poise and stature is what one could imagine being that of a king’s. Allison Underhill, Sarah Green, and Amanda van Dorn, who play the three witches or the “weird sisters,” confine the audience’s attention with their mystery, solemnity, and exoticness. Steven Davis, who plays Banquo, portrays true loyalty and performance that will “haunt” you.

The Porter, played by Andy Coughlan, the drunken doorman sparks instantaneous laughter throughout the theater. Coughlan’s comedic performance gives the audience a break from the more serious side of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Travon Haggerty (Macduff) demonstrates what it means to be a nobleman and performs with distinction. Macduff and Macbeth’s fighting scene is unforgettable. Haggerty and Sharpless give it their all and keep it action-packed — heads will roll.

Lighting designer Niesha Bryant captures the characters’ aspects by projecting different color variations, always perfectly on cue. The lighting accents the props displayed on stage. Props designer Natalie Sell offers one of a kind props that make the objects dreamlike. The costumes, designed by Sarah Green, give the audience a visual of Scottish and American culture, mixed with 1600s time frame. A noteworthy piece is Lady Macbeth’s dress worn during the celebration scene for Macbeth to become king. The simple, elegant dress is offset by lavish, customized accessories — creating a unique look that pops.

Lamar Theatre’s “Macbeth” is set in the 1600s, with some modernism mixed in. It is a tragic story filled with fight scenes, love, humor, betrayal and loyalty. Overall, the cast and crew succeed in putting together an entertaining play. There is never a dull moment throughout the performance, making this play well worth attending.

“Macbeth” has three shows remaining.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., March 1 and 2, and 2 p.m., March 3.

Tickets can be purchased in the University Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $7 for Lamar students, $10 for senior citizens and LU faculty and staff, and $15 general admission.

To reserve tickets, call 880-2250.

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