A perennial summer event in many places is outdoor Shakespeare. Most famously, New York’s Shakespeare in the Park brings Hollywood and Broadway A-listers into Central Park for free (good luck getting tickets) performances of the Bard’s works. Where I grew up, the local community theatre group still does their own take on Shakespeare every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day as well. This season, The Annex Theater company has decided to take on a summer Shakespeare production as well, but rather than performing outside, they’re settling into their new digs in The Chicken Box—a quaint new spot that used to house New York Fried Chicken on Charles Street, but which will now be the theatre company’s new home.
Earlier this year, the Annex tackled Peter Shaffer’s Equus, and had to extend the run in order to accommodate the growing number of people dying to see the show. It was just that good. Moving on to some more less-than-light-hearted material, the company is staging their production of Macbeth in their new home, The Chicken Box through June 9th. Director Evan Moritz has put his own spin on things not only by casting a woman in the title role, but also by double, and even triple casting roles. Though The Chicken Box is a small space, the play comes complete with all of the Annex Theater’s trademark visual lushness—clearly there are skilled craftspeople at work behind the scenes. We applaud the Annex Theater’s ambition in taking on such heavy work, particularly in such a small space—and are happy to get our summer dose of Shakespeare where we can.
For tickets and information about the production, visit www.baltimoreannextheater.org.
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