|photo by Joel Charlebois|
by Kelly Bedard
Shakespeare in Action's second tragedy isn't as strong as its repertory companion Romeo and Juliet. While the casually modern staging works wonderfully in R and J, in a modern Mackers a low budget can make things look haphazard because of the precision necessary to pull off a military look. The company would have been better off going bare bones with it- all black, no set; just actors, their voices and some weapons. As it is, the capable company fights against the contradictions of their world the entire time- it's presented as though it's supposed to be big, but it just isn't.