Definitions of Wicked

Graham Stevens, Jessica Van Niel, Meghan Grover and Beatrice Shannon perform in Shakespeare on the Sound production of “Macbeth,” now playing in Pinkney Park. (Maxx Serpica; Courtesy Shakespeare on the Sound)

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By the pricking of my thumbs

Something wicked this way comes


Yep, thanks to Shakespeare on the Sound from Tuesday till Sunday until July 2, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters will all be heading to Pinkney Park in Rowayton at 7:30 p.m.

And you don’t want to miss them.

Wicked:  evil or morally wrong.

That would be Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.  They invite Duncan, the king of Scotland, to their castle.  Then when Duncan is sleeping Macbeth stabs him.

Duncan, a good king, had just rewarded Macbeth handsomely for valiantly defending Scotland in a war against Norway.  Then Macbeth came upon the weird sisters who prophesied that he would be king.  But how can he be king while Duncan is alive?

That is the question Lady Macbeth puts to him.  Wicked.

Wicked: playfully mischievous.

“Knock knock!” John Hardin who plays a drunken porter cries out.

“Who’s there? the audience responds.


“Toby who?”

“Toby or not Toby.”

And on and on Mr. Hardin goes mirthfully captivating his audience seated just outside the castle in the creative circular outdoor set. Wicked.

Wicked:  excellent, wonderful, Shakespearean.

Yep, that would be my assessment of Shakespeare on the Sound’s performance of Macbeth.

And if you miss one of its remaining performances?

That, from my point of view, would be a tragedy.


Paul Cantor


One comment

Rick June 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Thank you Paul for reminding us all what a great production it is. Went by today and the light towers alone lend that magical touch to a stage its something nice in Norwalk we sometimes forget to enjoy .

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