Svoboda's 'Macbeth' is a hit

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE - "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble," screamed the three witches in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts' production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," as adapted by ALCA Executive Artistic Director Stephen Svoboda.

The play was staged under the pavilion at Indian Lake's Byron Park Thursday evening, Aug. 1, and a good thing too, because rain was a constant threat, although it didn't arrive until very near the end.

All six actors in the play, four of whom played several parts, did an excellent job of quickly changing characters and costumes.

John Bixler as Macbeth was forceful and believable as a man who would be king and was willing to achieve his goal by using methods most foul.

Laura Austin as Lady Macbeth topped her husband in her greed to climb the social ladder to queen, and suffered the same fate when she, too, went insane.

Will Graziano effortlessly wove back and forth between the characters of Macduff and Banquo. Graziano as Banquo is murdered by Macbeth, but got his revenge as Macduff when he kills Macbeth in the climatic sword fight for Macbeth's murder of Macduff's wife and young son.

It was a bloody good show, earning a standing ovation, and recognition must also go to Allie Villa, Brian Detlefs and Tyler Spicer, who played several roles, most notably as the three witches who led Macbeth into the horrors that eventually led to his death.

Certainly the three witches caused comic relief with the hissing and cackling delivery of their lines.

The one-hour adaptation was also presented at Raquette Lake, Speculator and Blue Mt. Lake.

peterklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com