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Macbett was a pretty interesting interpretation of Macbeth I really enjoy Ionesco as a playwright. Really impressed by this one.I was expecting a conventional and easy to digest and appreciate retelling of the Shakespearean classic Maybe something based on the historical events and legacy of the title character Perhaps surrealism.Instead, this play is a brutal, yet elegant dance through the general themes of the Bard s play, ambition, violence, loyalty, good, evil that also functions as a complex satire on modern life Especially the wars There s a lot of blood in this play, as well as a certain macabre humor about it at one point, Lady Duncan actually counts the heads of her husband s slain enemies Despite the somewhat abstract nature of the writing, Ionesco s own ambitions here are shrewdly focused Though tricky and immersed in subterfuge, his characters are at once bold symbols for aggression and avarice, yet also appear to have their own, self contained mythologies An impressive feat, as the worlds of satire and human drama do not easily intermingle.I also liked that Ionesco s narrower lens streamlined the number of characters in this play no Lady MacBeth here, or Lady MacDuff for that matter their roles are embodied by Duncan s wife for some reason Reminds me of another 70s retelling of the MacBeth story, the film of Shakespeare s play by Roman Polanski, which also reshapes Lady MacBeth s presence a little My suspicion is that the women s movement of the mid century had something to do with these modern approaches to dealing with Lady MacBeth s presence, or lack thereof, in the scripts Not what I d expected, but deep and satisfying never the less. Macbett Had Its First American Production At The Acclaimed School Of Drama Of Yale University Mel Gussow, Drama Critic For The New York Times, Wrote Ionesco Has Written A Comedy Of Monarchy Viewed From The Perspective Of Today, He Sees MacbethAs A Grotesque Joke How Else Can You Explain Mass Murder The Message Is Deadly Serious And Even Moralistic Shakespeare And Ionesco Are Each Studying The Corruptive Effect Of Ambition But This Is, First Of All, A Very Funny Play History Is Full Of Tricks, Says Macbett And So Is Ionesco He Maliciously Undermines His Source And Its Traditions, Spoofing Shakespeare Along With Tragedy There Is Always An Extra Ghost Up Ionesco S Sleeve He Is A Grave Robber, Subverting Solemnity And Substituting Antic Wit And Dry Acerbity For All His Playfulness, Ionesco Is Very Much Concerned With The Nature Of Revolution As Macbett Says, Regretting His Life Man Doesn T Rule Events Events Rule Him Kings Rise And Are Toppled, And What Do Intentions Matter As Ionesco Sees It, All Rule Is Misrule, And, As For The Rabble, They Are Scheming And Hypocritical The Play Levitates With Humor, But It S Heart Is Pessimistic The Dialogue, Far Removed From Shakespeare, Is Colloquial And Deceptively Casual, Understanding The Enormity Of The Events As For The Collaboration Between Shakespeare And Ionesco, Just As Shakespeare Had His Holinshed S Chronicles, So Ionesco Has His Shakespeare Inspired By The Myth Of Macbeth, He Has Written A Comedy With Special Meaning For Today. 1376.CHOUBERT an investigation brought to a successful conclusion There s a riddle and it s solved in the final scene so and so Nicolas d Eu Nicholas II Long live the white race I should like a posthumous decoration I am a Victim of Duty. This is the first Ionesco play I ve read, but I m definitely excited to read Like Stoppard s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, this is a masterful Absurdist rethinking of a Shakespeare classic Stoppard does use direct quotation from Hamlet than Ionesco does from Macbeth On the other hand, Ionesco s play is really interested in the twisted machinations of power and betrayal that Macbeth assumes This play is made up of a series of betrayals, counter betrayals, mysticism, and bizarre and meaningless interludes. Although the cover blurb compares this to Stoppard s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, this is nowhere near as clever as that play However, there is some charm and some touches of the absurdist theater that Ionesco is famous for in this take on Macbeth The cultural references to the Vietnam War and to May 1968 are interesting, the role of the witches in controlling the action is well done and even contains a minor bit of misdirection, which made things a little tense in the third act The overall political ideology of the play is, for once for Ionesco, relatively clear although he was favorite with hippie and radical theaters in the US, the message of this play that revolutions only make things worse, that people are really only out to change the system to make things easier on themselves personally is a tad on the reactionary side though Macol, Duncan s son, who appears at the end of the play, returned from business school, to off Macbett and take over the kingdom, is hilarious in his statements that those other kings were amateurs of evil compared to him Amusing and enjoyable, but not one of Ionesco s outstanding works. A clever absurdist twist on the classical play, although the ending was a deus ex machina so random, rushed, and convoluted that it bordered on silliness Ionesco being Ionesco, it was probably the intended effect Very enjoyable. ,. Recht interessante Neuinterpretation meines Lieblingsst ckes von William Shakespeare Leider teilweise nicht gerade zielf hrend und manche Intentionen Ionescos bleiben mir schleierhaft Auf jeden Fall ein St ck, ber das man ausreichend Redestoff hat, so man ihn denn braucht. Eugene Ionesco takes one of Shakespeare s darkest plays and turns it into a tragic farce He incorporates plenty of absurd humor changing most names by one letter Malcolm becomes Malcol , overtly writing Donalbain out of the story, having character duos state competing lines with increasing bravado and hyperbole that is mostly funny if you are familiar enough with Macbeth and have a dorky literary sense of humor.That being said, there is still plenty of murder, onstage and offstage Several characters get stabbed or beheaded, and many of the speeches sound something like this I ve killed dozens and dozens of them with my bare hands Twelve dozen officers and men who never did me any harm I ve had hundreds and hundreds of others executed by firing squad Thousands of others were roasted alive when I set fire to the forests where they d run for safety Tens of thousands of men, women, and children suffocated to death in cellars, buried under the rubble of their houses which I d blown up Hundreds of thousands were drowned in the Channel in desperate attempts to escape Millions died of fear or committed suicide Ten million others died of anger, apoplexy, or a broken heart There s not enough ground to bury them all Everything is exaggerated as much as it can be, and then it s exaggerated some.This is all fine and good, but I found myself irritated by some of the common absurdist techniques this play clings to Characters often confuse Macbett and his comrade Banco because they are so similar because really everyone is equally ambitious and interchangeable Lines are repeated over and over again for the same reason Early on, Macbett gives a long speech contemplating his military service only to have Banco repeat it word for word only a few moments later Whether this was done to once again show how similar the characters are or for a laugh, it becomes far too tedious for its own good.With all the double crossing and overthrowing of leaders, I couldn t help but think of some of Percy Shelley s works Both his poem, The Masque of Anarchy, and his shadow play, Prometheus Unbound, deal with political revolutions and nonviolent resistance These two works along with Macbett all seem to have in common the idea that anyone who is attempting to overthrow a dictator for righteous or self serving reasons will become every bit as bad as that initial dictator They become part of a chain of unbreakable violence And while I might prefer Shelley s works, at least Ionesco s characters seem to be having fun during the revolution.