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"Macbeth" distilled -- and free

Macbeth_herald_adIf you're starting to feel that the holiday hustle-bustle is driving you mad, GableStage has a little gift for you:  an adaptation of Macbeth with most of the great speeches at about a third of the usual running time.

Director Paul Tei, who also runs Miami's Mad Cat Theatre Company, has adapted William Shakespeare's play about the bloodily scheming Macbeth and his Mrs., reworking it so that it can be performed by just three actors.  Erik Fabregat, Deborah Sherman and Margie Eisenberg have been performing the play for school audiences, and now they'll do it for you for free.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at Florida Memorial College's Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center, 15800 NW 42nd Ave. in Opa Locka; next weekend, the show moves to the Sanctuary at ArtSouth, 250 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, for performances at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20.  A post-show discussion will follow each performance. You don't need reservations, but if you want more info, call the GableStage box office at 305-445-1119 or visit the company's web site