Macbeth

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3 out of 5 stars
By BRYAN L. on 05-30-15

Good performance marred by accents.

This condensation is reasonable, but listeners not familiar with the original may flounder to follow the story-line at places. The production values are good, sound-effects used with restraint. and performances pitched well at this intimate medium. But one flaw spoils the otherwise good acting; and that is accents. Shakespeare is the most British of all playwrights; the setting is Scotland and England, yet all but one actor (who plays several small parts), and another (with a very brief appearance), have American accents. And at one point, currency is referred to as "dollars!!!". If American plays are staged in Britain, then the actors use American accents. If American actors are worth their salt, they should have no trouble with British accents, mandatory for Shakespeare!

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