New Jersey Stage 2017: Issue 6 - Page 87

Lady Macbeth SHARE BUTTON Anyone who falls asleep at the mention of Shakespeare can rest easy. Director William Old- royd’s Lady Macbeth doesn’t feature Marion Cotillard mum- bling her way through the bard’s text; rather it’s an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov. NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 by Eric Hillis Those who find period dramas a surefire cure for insomnia will also have their fears allayed. This is about as modern a take on the genre as you could imagine, the latest in a line of costume dramas - Mr Turner, Love & Friendship, A Quiet Passion - to breathe new life into a strand of cinema that rarely produces thrilling results. INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 87