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Yep, this Macbeth is funny

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If anything can go wrong in this play, it does.

And that's the point of Park High School's one-act play "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth."

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It's a play inside a play when an inept women's drama guild is making its annual run at winning a local play competition with hopes they can advance to the national finals. The play is being brought to the stage by Park High School actors who hope to win their region and bring their production to state competition.

The women have chosen "Macbeth," an old standard, as their play.

"From the cheesy set and costumes, to the flubbed sound cues, to the abominable acting, punctuated by personality conflicts, the guild's production is doomed from the start," said Steve Estensen, who directs the play with Denise Atkinson for the 14th year.

The very adept troupe of Park actors plays an inept troupe that pretty much destroys one of the classics of The Bard of Stratford-on-Avon.

"Last year we performed a Greek tragedy, so this is really different," said Elizabeth Graves, Park actor. "It's a lot harder than drama. You have to do something eight times to get it right. We don't get sick of the jokes."

"Of all the one-acts, this is the most unique," said Ben Winkler, acting in his third one-act competition. "It's funny in a different way with almost ridiculous humor. It doesn't make sense and that's why it works."

Navita Lakhram plays First Murderer and Right Ladder. "When you see it, you'll know about the ladder part," she said.

A humorous play takes a lot of time to learn and the actors have to be at their best to make it work, Lakhram said.

Being in one-act takes a lot more work and dedication than Dylan Reichstadt thought it would, he said. He's in his first one-act.

Cory Ruckle was student-director for last year's one-act production. She prefers acting because directing, with responsibility for the entire production, is too far away from acting.

"It's crucial that you bring 110 percent," said Hannah Kropp, in her second one-act competition.

Sam Salwasser, in his first one-act, said, as an actor he's learned to work harder and be more prepared. "It's been a good ride so far," he said.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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