“…a strong cast across the board…the performances are solid. There’s a single thread of ruthlessness coiling through Jovan King’s performance as Macbeth from the moment he enters. King builds patiently on this and maintains believability and a thin shred of sympathy…Lana Smithner’s Lady Macbeth is the sexpot, then the manipulative shrew, then the madwoman… Smithner acts the hell out of each incarnation…Engling casts the Amazonian Paige Fodor as Banquo, and Emily Nichelson does double duty as Fleance and one of the witches. Fodor plays especially well opposite King in the all-important first scene where Banquo’s readiness to hear the witches’ prophecy acts as an important moral barometer, and her performance is good throughout….Elsewhere in the cast, Krysal Mosley and Kasey O’Brien, together with Nichelson, are strong in all aspects of their performances as the witches. Arthur Moss is good as Duncan…Jeff Harris (MacDuff) and Brandon Johnson (Malcolm) play admirably opposite one another in their scene…As the porter, Kevin Grubb’s performance is very broad indeed. It’s an entertaining performance…Thinking back on the whole performance, there are so many individual moments of passion and imagination and intelligence that are well done…”
—Christine Malcom, EDGE Chicago “In Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s staging of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, the witchy Weird Sisters—wearing animal headdresses and writhing on the periphery in nearly every scene—seem to be the masterminds behind the titular thane’s bloody rise to and fall from power. The insistent drum beats of live percussionists ratchet up the tension and contribute to the ritualistic atmosphere.”
—Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader
And if you join us Saturday night, we’ll be doing a talk-back with the cast after the show. Click here for more information on the show. Macbeth plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Free parking in the lot one block north on Lincoln on the west side of the street.