Sound and Fury PM&L Actors Say Emotions Make 'Macbeth' Timeless
Scalf, Abby, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Abby Scalf Daily Herald Staff Writer
Combine ghosts, murders and sword fights with the memorable English language written by William Shakespeare.
The PM&L Theatre will bring a Shakespeare classic to stage as they open "Macbeth" Friday at the Antioch theater.
Director Fran Jansta said the show is appealing because actors love to do Shakespeare.
Chuck Lindas, who plays Macbeth, said the emotions and motivations of the characters are universal. Emotions like greed, not fully thinking out ramifications of decisions and digging yourself in worse are actions still relevant today. That's why this is still being performed 400 years later.
"It's a chance to play one of the four greatest roles in the English language," said Lindas, who lives in Kenosha, Wis.
Set in mid-11th century, Jansta said there are many ways where Macbeth appeals to an audience.
Although Macbeth is the lead, Lady Macbeth also is a strong character. Some like the witchcraft appeal, the mystical element common in Shakespeare plays. Usually it is more whimsical, featuring fairies, but Macbeth is dark, Jansta said.
Donna Abear of Antioch, who after performing 22 years on stage, never wanted to do a Shakespeare play. But she became intrigued by the witches. Then after reading the script she became more intrigued by Lady Macbeth, whom she will play in the Antioch production.
Although Jansta has not changed the language or other classic elements of the play, he has introduced new features. One is looking at the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in a modern way.
"Lady Macbeth pushes him around, yells at him. I can't help but think, Why are these two people together? …