Yes, it's election year in New York, but it is turning into more than a year of "Macbeth," a play that is becoming a near-constant presence in the city.
In October, Ethan Hawke stars as Shakespeare's homicidal king at Lincoln Center Theater. Kenneth Branagh takes his turn this spring at the Park Avenue Armory. Alan Cumming's solo version wrapped up last month, and it ran nearly concurrently with another one-man "Macbeth" off-Broadway, starring Tom Gualtieri.
Which raises the question: Will we experience "Macbeth" overload? How many productions can one theatergoer see?
When it comes to a 400-year-old play that riffs on timeless themes, draws A-list talent and evokes comparisons with everything from the surveillance state to "Breaking Bad," the answer is plenty.
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