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MacBird by Barbara Garson

MacBird (1966)

by Barbara Garson

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  kutheatre | Jun 4, 2015 |
This play was produced when I was in college. It was incredible - and I have fondest memories. But nothing dates faster than political satire, and you had to be familiar with Shakespeare AND the political climate of the time to get the jokes.

The gist of the satire is the perceived parallel between MacBeth's murder of Duncan, and LBJ's supposed involvement in the murder of Kennedy. (Invite the king into an atmosphere where his enemies can get him easily. Advance your own ambition. Keep your own skirts clean.) ( )
  MerryMary | Apr 20, 2007 |
A dead-on political satire of LBJ's administration, done after the stylings of a Shakespeare play. It seems rather tame now, but for the times this was pretty daring and heady stuff. Still pretty funny. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 20, 2007 |
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Prologue: oh, for a fireless muse, that could descend
From kindgoms, princes, monarchs, and the like
To common themes of marital affairs,
of young romance and adolescent strife;
Then should our warlike leaders not appear
Upon this stage in false resemblances
Twixt princes of the present and the past.
This heah is the wintah of oua discontent,
Made odious by those Sons-a-Bitches....
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