SAMURAI SHAKESPEARE

Throne of Blood comes to the stage

In an especially creepy scene from Macbeth, the three witches advise the hero to “be bloody, bold and resolute.” But it’s unlikely they anticipated anything nearly as gory as Akira Kurosawa’s film adaptation of the tragedy, Throne of Blood. Though not as sanguinary as the master’s retelling of King Lear, it does not lack for gore. For those who like their Shakespeare full of top knots and Samurai swords, Kurosawa offers a visceral view of the tragedy, which director Ping Chong has now re-adapted for the stage, as part of BAM’s Next Wave festival, a project he has dreamed of for three decades. Chong saturates his adaptation with the elements of traditional Japanese theater. And, one assumes, quite a bit of stage blood.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 10. Continues through Nov. 13, 2010
 
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