New Jersey Stage 2017: Issue 6 - Page 90

UPCOMING SHOWS Wednesdays at Havana, New Hope, PA NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 Ackie’s Anna is the most fas- cinating of Lady Macbeth’s roster of characters, a wonder- fully complex rebuke to Samuel L. Jackson’s one note ‘Uncle Tom’ of Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The actress is a standout among a very ac- complished cast of new faces, imbuing Anna with a tangible fear of repercussion. Rendered mute by the trauma of witness- ing one of Katherine’s murders, Anna spends most of the movie in silence, and it’s a testament to Ackie’s skill that she man- ages to communicate so much about her situation despite such a hindrance. We’ll see few scenes in 2017 as tense as the one here in which Anna is forced to cover for the lack of wine in the cellar, having been swilled by Katherine and her lover. For an adaptation of a work of 19th century literature, Old- INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 90