kingston ave

O proper stuff!
This is the very painting of your fear:
This is the air-drawn dagger which, you said,
Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts,
Impostors to true fear, would well become
A woman’s story at a winter’s fire,
Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!
Why do you make such faces? When all’s done,
You look but on a stool.

  – Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Act III, sc. 4

Kenneth Branagh & Alex Kingston as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Park Avenue Armory, 2014. Photo: Stephanie Berger. 

This is pretty clearly a different Macbeth. It is indeed played to the crowd; given the long, two-sided configuration, there are about sixty front-row seats. That puts some three hundred patrons in the first five rows, close enough to see the sweat and smell the mud. There is also some body-checking when the lusty hero returns from the field and “takes” his lady, more or less in the lap of the patron in A 14.
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