"Something Wicked This Way Comes" - Macbeth Fan Night With Alan Cumming

By Carey Purcell
10 Jul 2013

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Playbill.com reports on "Macbeth Fan Night" July 9, where guests attended a post-show reception with Alan Cumming

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.



Following the July 9 performance, "Macbeth Fan Night" was held at the Paramount Bar and Grill, where Cumming enjoyed a post-show celebration and wine reception with fans. Guests waited in line to pose for photos with the star (which he snapped himself) in front of a media wall and then enjoyed specialty cocktails inspired by the play: the Macbeth Manhattan, the Bourbon Macduff or the Lady Macbeth Martini.

"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.

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