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LAist Review: Tiny Ninjas Take on the Bard

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Mr. Smile, who plays Macbeth, is surrounded by Tiny Ninja Theater castmates. / Photo courtesy of Tiny Ninja Theater.

On Tuesday the Tiny Ninja Theater company performed William Shakespeare’s Macbeth before a standing-room-only audience in the tiny Fake Gallery on Melrose. The evening capped the New York-based company’s four performances—two at the Fake and two others at a little larger venue called Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Tiny Ninjas tackled the Bard’s tale of murder, deceit and a little bit of the supernatural in about 45 minutes flat. And that’s great for our short-attention spans, especially since most contact with Shakespeare these days comes through high school and college term papers or onscreen as reinterpreted by the likes of Leo DiCaprio or Kenneth Brannagh. (And no, Gwenyth Paltrow’s Shakespeare in Love doesn’t count.)