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Macbeth meets Homer: a funny, flabby collision

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Rick Miller is a master of vocal impersonations—from Homer Simpson’s “D’oh!” to Barney Gumble’s drunken mumblings to Mr. Burns’ devious, gravelly voice, Miller can mimic all the characters from Matt Groening’s legendary TV show, The Simpsons.  The bizarre twist is this, though: Miller casts these well-known fictional characters into roles within William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.

It’s just as crazy as it sounds, and it’s had no problems drawing an audience—both nationally and internationally—over the past 17 years.  Miller’s one-man act, MacHomer, comes to UB for an 8 p.m. show Saturday at the Center for the Arts.  Tickets are $19.50 for adults, $16.50 for all students (but the student tickets can only be purchased at the CFA box office.)  To order tickets at full price online, go here.   

Not surprisingly, the show is obviously a “reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s original piece,” but Miller does keep 85% of drama’s script—so there’s even a little history lesson here! 

Things we’d be excited about:

— Macbeth’s witches should be played by Marge’s sisters, Selma and Patty (and maybe Maggie for good measure).  There’s no better fit, we don’t think.

— As Lady Macbeth starts to lose her sanity, we predict that Homer becomes increasingly infatuated with doughnuts and beer. That’s a rather safe presumption. 

— We’d love to see Smithers in a combat scene.

— Mr. Burns should probably be King Duncan, since it would be satisfying to see Homer kill him with a sharpened slice of pizza.  At least that’s what the 60-second preview below might suggest.

TAGGED: homer, macbeth, machomer, rick miller, shakespeare, the simpsons, university at buffalo center for the arts

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