This undated theater image released by The Publicity Office shows Alan Cumming during a performance of “Macbeth.” (AP Photo/The Publicity Office, Jeremy Daniel)
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s hard enough for a couple to simulate sex onstage in front of 1,000 people. Now put them in a Shakespeare tragedy. OK, now to make it really hard: Remove one of the actors.
That’s what you get in one of many astounding scenes at the new Broadway version of “Macbeth” — all the major roles are being done by Alan Cumming, which means a bed scene in which his Lady Macbeth seduces her husband while persuading him to kill the king.
In the scene, Cumming, who won a 1998 Tony Award in Sam Mendes’ revival of “Cabaret,” redefines the notion of self-love. Half-dressed, he flips on a bed multiple times to alternate the parts, purring suggestively as the lady and then more lustful as the man.
“Screw your courage to the sticking-place,” she teases him.
If it’s not clear by now, what Cumming is doing at the Ethel Login to read more