Some particularly fine performances come from Josh Vink as Macduff (his speech upon hearing of his family's death is especially affecting) and from Benedetto Robinson as Duncan's son Malcolm — sorrow seeps through his beautifully broken language. And as Macbeth and his Lady, Cameron and Killeen soar highest in the couple's build-up to the deed. In the aftermath of Lady Macbeth's unnerving conviction-rallying monologue, one discerning youngster in the audience was heard to remark, "Wow." As Macbeth is persuaded by her, the two actors bracingly convey how love and lust are involved in their decisions. Less compelling are their arcs over time and the horror show of eventualities: Cameron's intensity, starting high, could use more of a place to grow and be transfigured; likewise could Lady Macbeth's "Out damn spot" scene benefit from more of the freakish terror of her hallucination.
Despite lacking the most hair-raising quintessence of the Macbeths' horror, Fenix's Macbeth has energy, engaging visual motifs, and solid performances of some harrowing language. A little rare meat in your picnic basket will help add some blood.
MACBETH | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Bryant Mason | Produced by Fenix Theatre Company | in Deering Oaks Park and in the Bowdoin College Quad, through August 11 | fenixtheatre.com
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