Dark magic is in the air at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
That’s where the ultimate power-hungry couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, invoke the supernatural in their murderous quest to rule Scotland. The show has been co-adapted and co-directed by Teller of the comedic magic duo Penn & Teller. In that role, he is famously silent next to the motormouth Penn Jillette.
In this role, Teller’s partner is Aaron Posner. This is their second collaboration at Chicago Shakespeare – they brought their take on “The Tempest” to the theater in September 2015.
The elaborate show features stage combat, martial drums, eerie sound effects and a heightened role for the three Weird Sisters, the witches whose promising prophecy sets the wannabe king of Scotland on a perilous path. The show is also laced with illusions designed by magician Johnny Thompson – including a blood-soaked Lady Macbeth, an animated disembodied head and disappearing specters.
Teller joins us to talk about the power of magic, the origins of being the silent half of Penn & Teller, and his wry view of the backstage superstition of never uttering the name of “the Scottish play.”
Macbeth is on stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater through June 24, 2018. For tickets and more information, visit the theater’s website.