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The Simpsons do Macbeth

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 22nd 2006 8:48PM
Homer SimpsonModern-day animated comedy. Elizabethan stage tragedy. Two great tastes that taste great together? Directors just love to "update" Shakespeare so why not let actor Rick Miller transport the Bard's Scotland to Matt Groening's Springfield? "Is this a doughnut which I see before me?"

Miller's MacHomer is a one-man, staged version of Macbeth employing over 50 character voices from The Simpsons. Homer and Marge are recast as MacHomer and Lady MacHomer. Mr. Burns is King Duncan. Krusty is the Porter, and Bart is transformed into Fleance, Banquo's son and the prophesized threat to Macbeth's throne.

MacHomer's original run received great reviews from the LA Times. The show is being restaged over Thanksgiving weekend at the Irvine Barclay Theater south of Los Angeles. If you're in the area and getting tired of your own dysfunctional family gathering this holiday season, why not see Homer take a turn for the murderous?

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Batton Lash

Apparently Rick Miller isn't afraid of the curse of "that Scottish play"! Lead on, MacDuff . . .

November 23 2006 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

I saw this last year in St. Louis. He really is pretty amazing. He has trouble with a couple of voices like Bart, but keeps those limited to quick appearances. And yeah, his Marge is excellent. The whole theater applauded as soon as he started doing her.

November 22 2006 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Colleen

I saw the show earlier this summer when it was in Chicago at the Shakespeare Theater. It does not disappoint. Even casual viewer of the Simpsons will love it. Miller's Marge is frighteningly good.

If you have the time, go see the show. It's well worth the price of admission.

November 22 2006 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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