Th, F, Sa 8pm. Through 10/28. $12-$22; Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Boulevard;
Rated 4.0

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, but it still manages to capture political and physical backstabbing, bloody battles and blind ambition. It’s not a subtle story, with traces found in present-day politics when power and paranoia marry to create a dangerous combination. The cast of this Macbeth is fully committed, with a powerful Steven Campbell as Macbeth—you don’t want to mess with this general guided by raw ambition and poked along by a plotting wife. Campell commands the stage, and makes Shakespeare’s dense language and cadence feel natural—always a challenge in the Bard’s work. Some cast members are more at ease than others with the delivery, but all make their characters believable. P.R.