‘Macbeth’ gets dysfunctional

By Kendall Neil
February 18, 2003

Lauren Joseph

Picture this: You’re sitting at home in your warm and cozy recliner and switch on the television. You’re in luck! “The Simpsons,” your favorite show, is on. As dysfunctional as this “make-believe” family is, it still manages to bring a smile to your face. Seeing that it is probably been a long day and you need a break from the chaos of your life, you decide to watch. As the show opens, you realize there’s something different. Homer has suddenly become Macbeth and Marge is Lady Macbeth. Confused? It’s only just begun.

Comedian and voice actor Rick Miller stars in this one-man vocal display in which he is able to reproduce 50 voices from Matt Groening’s “The Simpsons.” “MacHomer” is a show that is described as “85 percent true Shakespeare from American televisions” wackiest, dysfunctional family, “The Simpsons.” Miller is able to take this twisted and dark story and tell it through the eyes of these animated characters that have had so much of an influence on American culture using puns and word play in the most subtle way and intertwine it into an “enthralling and engaging theatrical event.”

Miller has taken the show around the country and around the world with great success causing many Shakespearian devotees and “Simpsons” fans to come together in a unique format. The audience travel into the “seedy Scottish environment of “Macbeth” with breakneck speed before snapping back into the twisted reality of the world that is ‘The Simpsons.'”

“MacHomer” will have its Philadelphia premiere presented by PENN in the Zellerbach Theatre of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, located at 3680 Walnut Street on Feb. 28th at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1st at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, March 2nd at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30, and $26, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, university faculty and staff, and Penn alumni. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 215-898-3900 or can also be ordered online at www.pennpresents.org.

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