Yet another take on Macbeth? Gender reversals? Is it really necessary?
Yes, yes, and oh my, YES.
A lovely and small production at the 14th Street Y, Macbeth of the Oppressed was an interesting and highly entertaining show with a wonderful cast that did a superb job.
The gender switched key characters revealed a Shakespearean world where sexuality, be they gay or straight, occupy the same standing in society with a refreshing lack of apologies or explanations. Husbands with husbands, wives with wives, and female warriors equal to any male illuminate the always overlooked truth of our own day to day reality.
As always, it's the text that invariably shines through, and except for a few semantic rough edges created by the unusual gender of the characters, the committed and energetic cast soars.
Macbeth of the Oppressed is a refreshing and exciting twist on an old and familiar standard. I had a great time with it.