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fair with the hunky mixed-race groomsman, Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis). Katherine isn’t exactly subtle about her cheating, and it doesn’t take long before the en- tire downstairs staff is aware of her actions, much to the chagrin of her personal maid Anna (Nao- mi Ackie), who knows she’ll be the one punished for her white mistress’s indiscretions. In its relatively brisk 90 min- utes, Lady Macbeth packs in a complex study of gender, class and racial politics, and the dif- NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 ficulties of having all three satis- fyingly intersect. At first we find ourselves rooting for Katherine as she strikes back against the patriarchy, but the film soon reminds us that such rebellion is often a privilege of the rich and the white. As the narrative progresses and Katherine’s ac- tions evolve from mere infidelity to cold-blooded murder, it be- comes apparent that the work- ing class people of color in her employ are the ones most in danger. INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 89