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Letter: ‘Macbeth’ is a Success

To the Editor:

On Sunday, I attended the performance of Macbeth at the Healing Garden on Webster Street. What a show! This was a performance Shakespeare would have been happy with—not jazzed up with modern interpretation or whatever but sticking to the original (with maybe a few edits) and with a very gripping effect on the audience.

Alameda Post - three actors in Macbeth charge another actor, brandishing knives
Three murderers, played by Annika Rose, Katya Schiesser, and Frida Schiesser, overpower young Macduff’s son, portrayed by Aaron Bruce at the Sunday, April 14, 2024, performance of Macbeth. Photo Adam Gilllitt.

For those not familiar with the play, it deals with political ambition, intrigue, and murder, and the psychological aftereffects of crimes committed. It was reportedly Abraham Lincoln’s favorite Shakespeare play, which he sometimes read parts of to members of his cabinet.

In today’s culture-gone-weird, with Hollywood, cell phones, and classrooms drawing us down a Maelstrom of sexuality and other forms of transitory titillation, it is good to be brought back to a kind of bedrock of sobriety and morality by the genius of William Shakespeare. My thanks to Gene Kahane and the Foodbank Players. By the way, there are still two weekends of performances to go.

Hunter Cobb

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