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by Rick Miller

COMPANY : Georgia Shakespeare [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Conant Performing Arts Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 3493

SHOWING : August 26, 2009 - August 30, 2009



Homer Simpson! Thane of Cawdor? King Hereafter? WYRD Productions and Georgia Shakespeare team up for this one-of-a-kind event! A one-man show in which playwright Rick Miller plays all the characters in "The Simpsons" as they do ... The Scottish Play. If you would laugh yourself into stitches ... well, that's from another play, but this one will do just fine!

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by Dedalus
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Ah, man, you know what really sucks? I mean other than reading boring Shakespeare in school? And other than Bart Simpson being fired from his role as Fleance in “MacHomer” just ‘cause it was so boring he had to moon old man Flanders, who was playing Banquo (talk about risky behaviors)? What really sucks is that by the time you read this, “MacHomer” will have jumped the first skateboard outta this town. What really sucks is you probably missed it.

The media-fueled brainchild of Toronto actor and writer Rick Miller, “MacHomer” is the Scottish play, as performed by the cast of “The Simpsons.” Oh, and Mr. Miller also plays the entire cast of the Simpsons (with guest stars) performing the Scottish Play. Who knew that tragedy could be this funny? Armed with an army of spot-on voice impressions and characterizations, Mr. Miller bravely faces us alone, backed only by a video feed with an apparent mind of its own. This was truly a case of television spilling onto the stage!

So, how was the cast? Well, Homer Simpson, as expected, had some difficulty with his lines in the lead role of MacHomer, but he was convincing when he confused the “dagger before me” with a slice of pizza. In fact, he was convincing every time food (or beer) was involved. And, as stated, Bart couldn’t even handle the small part of Fleance (who eventually “flew” in the person of young Rod Flanders). Lisa Simpson grudgingly played a politically incorrect gentlewoman, letting us know in no uncertain terms what she thought of this Shakespeare guy’s portraits of women. Mr. Burns was an Ehhhhhhhxcellent Duncan, and Barney Gumble was an unsurprisingly mumbly MacDuff. Otto Mann stole the show as the third murderer (wielding a rockin’ axe), but Krusty the Klown stumbled over his oversized feet in the undersized role of the drunken Porter.

But, for me, the star of the show had to be Marge Simpson’s multi-layered portrayal of Lady MacHomer. This blue-haired dynamo was a towering actress, both as the satanically scheming Thane-cess, and as the bloody-handed guilt-tripping queen. She could scare me (and MacHomer) with a “Grrrrrrrrr” and she was as hot as a Scottish Dance.

All this added up to an engaging evening, surprisingly not coming across as an over-extended “one-joke” concept. Continuously inventive and surprising, almost every joke hit home (unless it missed) and almost every laugh was earned (unless it missed). “The Simpsons” was never a real favorite of mine, so I was unfamiliar with a large portion of the “cast,” but Mr. Miller sold me on the idea, made each character distinct and recognizable, and poured enough heart and energy and freshness into his performance(s) that I never would have guessed he’d done it a bajillion times on a tour of a bajillion cities.

And, surprisingly, it did “Macbeth” a sorta kinda justice, in that Shakespeare’s plot shone through the tomfoolery like a witch’s Sabbat Fire (but, for the record, did the “toe of frog” really have to be Kermit’s?). The “Simpson’s” “actors” actually fit their roles, and they (well some of they) seemed to have a flair for the language. Well, those who knew what they were saying. And those who remembered what they were supposed to say. A few of the impressions made mincemeat out of Mr. Miller’s diction (Ned Flanders’s Banquo most egregiously), but that was only a minor irritant in what was a too-funny, too-short excursion into the Highlands.

So, let me repeat, it sucks that I can’t get this to you in time to see the show (unless the “Buzz” puts out a “Special Edition” tomorrow or I sneak it onto Theatre Review first), it sucks that Mr. Miller’s tour lasts only one weekend, and it sucks that most of you will never know the joy of hearing the most irritating voices in music sing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

It sucks, that this review is full of sound and fury, is told by an idiot, and signifies ... Oooh! Donuts!

-- Brad Rudy (

video of Rick Miller performing Bohemian Rhapsody by Okely Dokely


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