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Simpson + Shakespeare = ‘MacHomer,’ opening this week

'Is that a dagger I see before me? D’oh!' Special/Michael Cooper

Simpsons fans have seen Homer, our animated everyman, do “Macbeth.” (Season 20? “Four Great Women and a Manicure?” Eh? Eh?)

Now Atlanta theatergoers can see “Macbeth” done on stage, as Homer Simpson might, were he not, you know, a cartoon.

‘MacHomer,’ a one-man show by Rick Miller, maintains most of William Shakespeare’s language, but Simpsonizes the delivery.

From the AJC story, “Homer Simpson meets the Bard in “MacHomer”:

Q: Is your production an amusement for Shakespeare fans or an introduction to Shakespeare for Simpsons fans?

A: They’re both passionate. I tour a lot of high schools and I play to people who have never stepped foot into a theater. But three-fourths of the words are from Shakespeare. I only added ones like ‘exxxcellent’ and ‘okely dokely!’ People tend to dismiss ‘The Simpsons’ as a dumb cartoon. It really is brilliant. It’s very smart and also very funny. And Shakespeare was an entertainer. If there had been merchandising back then, he would have sold little Hamlet dolls.

Well said, indeed!

‘MacHomer’ will be at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Center for the Arts for only a few days.

Not sure what to expect? Consider the cartoon version:

Want to go? “MacHomer,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$45. Georgia Shakespeare, Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. A “MacHomer Brew Party” follows the Friday performance. Tickets to the show and party are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. 404-264-0020, www.gashakespeare.org.

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