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REVIEW: Times Union – Macbeth @ Saratoga Shakespeare

By Steve Barnes

Tim Dugan gives a riveting performance as the title character in “Macbeth,” Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s 15th annual production.

Tim Dugan and Amy Prothro as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Tim Dugan and Amy Prothro as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Paired with an equally good Amy Prothro as his wife, Lady Macbeth, Dugan creates a man whose ambition is spurring him to be king but whose conscience objects to the bloody path it will take to get there. Virile in presence and possessing a beautiful facility with Shakespeare’s language, Dugan is captivating to watch, and he and Prothro imbue their scenes together with genuine heat. Understanding that even the prospect of power is an aphrodisiac for them, director David M. Girard gives latitude to their lust without exceeding the taste boundaries necessary when a production is staged outdoors, for free, in a city park.

This is a stripped-down, economically told production, coming in at just under two hours, no intermission, though it lacks nothing in the drama department. The violence is intense, and when one of Macduff’s children is killed, the child’s shriek, followed by a sound-effect cracking of her neck and the anguished wail of Leigh Strimbeck as Lady Macduff, the emotional power is palpably awful. Read More…