And dress by yellow candle-light.
Was lucky enough to catch one of my favorites, Alan Cumming, in his tour de force performance as every single character in Macbeth.
Set in an insane asylum, we find our haggard, somewhat lucid hero being led into his new cell by two doctors and kicking off the 90 min monologue with “When shall we three meet again?”
Out of all the characters he embodies, Cumming’s Lady M is absolutely revelatory. Seductive, manipulative, controlled and vicious, he brings new life to Macbeth’s power-hungry wife.
Thankfully, NYT documented a glimpse of this performance in the video below:
“Look at how a single candle
can both defy and define the darkness.”
— Anne Frank, The Diary of Young Girl
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
— Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II, by William Shakespeare
There is a wonderfully entertaining film inspired by Jonson’s Volpone. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, The Honey Pot is a witty mystery with a stellar cast including Rex Harrison, Cliff Robertson, Maggie Smith, Susan Hayward, Capucine, and Edie Adams.
The full movie is available for free on IMDB courtesy of Hulu:
English dramatist, poet, and actor Ben Jonson was born in Westminster, London, England, The United Kingdom on June 01, 1572.