WEIRD: The Witches of Macbeth seeks to investigate the story of the three witches who sealed Macbeth’s fate in one of Shakespeare’s most well known works.
Should you see it?
Two weird witches, soon to be joined by a third. The third given a choice; the young Malcolm, or the strong Macbeth. One will gain the witches’ aid and be shown his fate. If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, you’ll know who they choose.
WEIRD: The Witches of Macbeth is the story of the Three Witches and their involvement in the events of Macbeth. How and why they choose to meet with him and help him, and why they later deliver him the prophecies that will seal his fate.
The text here is exceptionally well writ, and the play exceptionally well acted. Lindsay Bellaire, Lindsay Sippel Eitzen, and Emily Hughes each command such control of their every movement and mannerism as to create wonderfully distinct personalities for the witches they portray and they have no problem with “the Shakespeare”. The sisterly love between them is endearing and the conflict between them is intense. Just on these merits, this show would be worth seeing.
Yet, beyond the acting and script (and the simply elegant make-up and costuming), WEIRD: The Witches of Macbeth has brilliantly choreographed staging. Every single movement is planned and executed expertly. The staged combat is exceptional such that when these witches rumble, you fear. The magic here, though, is in the use of the circus silks.
The pair of silks in WEIRD represent the witches’ magic and so every use of the silks (at highly expert levels, mind you) comes about when they’re using magic. Rather than taking a break from the story for a silk routine, it enhances the story at every turn. Throughout the show, the witches climb and twirl and fall up and down and at times one on top of the other such that you will believe they really do have magical powers. The most awe-inspiring of which sees the three witches fight against the magic to regain control over it. Suffice to say here that it’s beautiful.
And beyond even all that, it’s the sound design of WEIRD that really ties all the elements together. .
This show is powerful. It’s gripping. It’s compelling, captivating, and beautiful.
Everything about this show is incredible.
You will regret it if you miss it.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? What did you think of the aerial work in WEIRD? Do you believe in magic? Join the discussion in the comments below.