By Carey Purcell
10 Jul 2013
|Photo by Jeremy Daniel|
Cumming is battered, but not broken.
The star of a one-man adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in a mental hospital, gives a physically and emotionally draining performance onstage at the Barrymore Theatre, but has still found the time to take self-portraits, otherwise known as "selfies," with his fans.
In the limited-run engagement, which ends July 14, Cumming plays Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Macduff, Lady Macduff, the three witches and about a dozen other characters from Shakespeare's tragedy. His own character, whom he refers to as Fred, has been hospitalized in a psychiatric ward for either committing, or having been the victim of a crime, and finds escape in reciting the script of Macbeth endlessly.
"I love Alan Cumming's body of work," Laura Winters, a professor from New Jersey, said while waiting in line. "It think is really the versatility of what he can do, which is, I think, shown in a play like Macbeth. That tour de force, to do both the tiny moments of comedy but also the moments of profound tragedy and loss and suffering."
Winters was impressed by Cumming's stamina throughout the performance, saying, "He's just so fit in so many ways. Not just physically fit. Emotionally. It's that integrity as an actor."
"Macbeth Fan Night" was a family outing for a trio whose son had recently read the play and whose parents said they were deeply moved by the show.Continued...