Believe it or not, in all my years of living in Chicago, I’ve never visited the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST). From what I hear, it’s amazing.
They just began running a new production of Macbeth last week. Normally, that wouldn’t intrigue me… but now, I *really* want to see the show.
Because Laurie Higgins of the (Christian Right) Illinois Family Institute saw the show and can’t stop talking about it:
- In the early scene just after Lady Macbeth has read the letter from Macbeth, Lady Macbeth removes her top and performs topless. When Macbeth arrives home, she mounts him and they simulate sex whilst the actor playing Macbeth fondles the actress’ bare breasts.
- After Macbeth becomes undone by the vision of Banquo’s bloody head, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth retreat to their bedchambers where she performs oral sex on him.
- The three scenes in which the three witches meet Hecate; Lenox and another Lord discuss the state of Denmark; and the witches make their last prophecies are set in a strip club. There is no nudity, but one of the witches wears a top which conceals little, and fishnet stockings and a leather thong over her posterior that she gyrates like a professional stripper.
I don’t remember reading that version of the play in high school…
Anyway, the first bulletpoint says there’s simulated sex in the show. A topless scene. Not the end of the world. You see much more in R-rated movies.
I’d be surprised if anyone actually performed oral sex in the show… that’s probably suggestive. As is the risqué dancing, which doesn’t seem all that different from what I’ve seen multiple times in Rent.
Maybe Higgins should’ve checked out the show’s website first.
It includes this warning:
The CST also makes appropriate changes for student matinee shows.
In any case, the theater should really thank Higgins. Her posting will bring in more customers than a favorable review ever could