“Is this a dagger I see before me? OR A PIZZA?”

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And now for something just a tad offbeat: The Simpsons do Macbeth in MacHomer, a one man show by Rick Miller. Miller will enact 50 Simpsons characters in this internationally acclaimed blend of the classics and pop culture at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre for four performances on two nights only: May 14 and 15, at 2 pm and 8 pm.

Miller compares the play to a Simpsons Halloween episode. Homer is both cowardly and ambitious, Marge is the perfect Lady Macbeth wearing the pants in the family, and Krusty the Clown plays a drunken porter. Teens will love this introduction to Shakespeare as it’s a unique way of livening up a classic. I imagine that no matter what your age, you’ll not likely see a Shakespeare production like this one again soon.

Rick Miller in MacHomer

Director Sean Lynch met Rick Miller in 1994 when they were both playing in Macbeth for Repercussions Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park in Montreal. Their early backstage fun soon melded into a fringe hit and later a comedy act, now transformed into a touring sensation.

Rick Miller and Jeff Lord started WYRD Productions in 1995. The company is dedicated to multidisciplinary artistic creation, and has found success as one Canada’s leading exporters of culture. MacHomer has been on tour for 13 years and has been seen by over half a million people in 130 cities worldwide.

Rick Miller

Rick Miller trained in Montreal as an architect, actor, and singer. He’s performed in five languages on five continents. He is also the host of ABC’s hit primetime series Just for Laughs and Entertainment Weekly has called him “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.” As Artistic Director of WYRD Productions, Miller has created and performed in award-winning solo shows Art? and Slightly Bent, in addition to this worldwide hit.

Tickets can be reserved either online, by phone (604.873.3311), or in person at the box office at Hamilton and Dunsmuir (Mon-Fri., 10 am – 5 pm). For more information on MacHomer, visit the website.

All photos courtesy of Michael Cooper.

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