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Shakespeare’s Macbeth is already dripping with the macabre—witches, mass murder, toil and trouble and so forth. So leave it to Orson Welles, the man whose 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast had listeners believing that aliens were invading, to make Macbeth even more realistic and thereby frightening—by dropping the Scottish play in Haiti and replacing the witchcraft with traditional voodoo. Starting this weekend, director Kathleen Akerley and American Century Theater revive Welles’ play and return the setting to Scotland—circa 2033. Her all-male cast portrays Christian marines who, after 11 years of fighting, find elements of foreign culture creeping into their faith. Of course, chaos ensues. And while this production doesn’t resemble Welles’ original, old Orson’s ghost just might approve of the play’s trip to the future.
The play runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Gunston Arts Center Theater Two, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. $32-$40. (703) 998-4555. americancentury.org.