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'MacHomer'

by jmaloni
Wed, Oct 19th 2011 02:45 pm

One man as 50 characters from "The Simpsons" performs a hilarious interpretation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present "MacHomer" on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located on UB's North Campus.

Returning by popular demand, "MacHomer" is a one-man theatrical spectacular performed by actor and comedian Rick Miller. It features impressions of more than 50 voices from "The Simpsons" in a hilarious interpretation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth." With a script that remains 85 percent Shakespeare, this imaginatively staged version of the tragedy is a fast-paced multimedia frenzy that is both educational and entertaining.

Miller first conceived the idea in 1994 when he was playing a minor role in a production of "Macbeth."

"I had a lot of time to sit backstage and concoct ideas," he says. " 'The Simpsons' had become a big part of pop culture, so I decided to do the voices of those cartoon characters in my own mangled version of the play."

The spot-on impressions of characters from the hit series have amazed audiences and critics of all ages, backgrounds, and languages worldwide. In its various incarnations, this virtuosic solo performance has been seen by more than half a million people on four continents, and continues to draw sell-out crowds and rave reviews.

About "MacHomer," The Modesto Bee has said, "If any of the actors from The Simpsons ever quit, the producers should call Miller to fill in. He nails the voices for everybody, switching effortlessly from Homer to Marge to Mr. Burns and beyond. Amazingly, he manages to use much of Shakespeare's dialogue while lightening it up with humorous asides and pop culture references."

Tickets for "MacHomer" are $19.50 general admission and $16.50 for students (all schools). Tickets are available at the Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets call 1-800-745-3000 (in Canada 416-870-8000). For more information, call 716-645-2787.

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