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Mac Beth

From 113 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Intense

About the show

In Red Bull's new adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, seven girls hurl headlong into the unchecked passions of "Macbeth," as the line between real life and bloody fantasy quickly blurs.  More…

On an autumn afternoon, in an empty lot outside the city, seven girls meet up to do a play. School uniform tartan transforms in this American urban wasteland. The girls are witches, ghosts, and kings. Through prophecies and smartphones, unexpected resonances emerge from Shakespeare’s dark nightmare of ambition gone awry. These young women discover what's done cannot be undone.

1h 40m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (113)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Intense
79
Avg Score

85
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like riffs on Shksp. Cut script remains powerful. Clever staging, strong acting. Superb Lady MB (Mendes). Time flies, as does blood.

Don't see it if you don't know the play (confusing) or you're a traditionalist. Too much noise: rain, shouting, banging. Some seats have tough sightlines.

54
Confusing, High school level, Disappointing, Banal, Misleading advertisement

See it if You want to see an all-girls high school performance of Macbeth. Nicely edited to 90 mim. Good performances.

Don't see it if you expect any reimagining of the original. They just put the girls in board school uniforms as they perform the original text.

Also The advertisement is misleading. This is not an adaptation. At best a ... Read more Read less

55
Unimaginative, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a 90min version of Macbeth.

Don't see it if You are expecting a fresh or updated take on the story.

Also The marketing promises Macbeth set in an all girls high school. From t... Read more Read less

69
Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal

See it if A shorter version of Shakespeare classic. If you want a different take on Mac Beth. Nice lighting, decent direction and some good acting.

Don't see it if All women cast, shorter, waterdown version is not gor you. Premise is the same. Not all actors are good in this play. c grade at best.

90
Bloody, Brilliantly conceived, Well-played, Beautifully designed, Revelatory

See it if you like high concept Shakespearean productions that actually make you rethink the text.

Don't see it if you don't like your Shakespeare tinkered with: Here, a single directorial choice transfigures the landscape.

Also Often high concept Shakespeare productions—an Industrial Revolution Ha... Read more Read less

82
Intense, Unexpectedly successful, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if innovative approaches to Shakespeare interest you. The teenaged witches were remarkably effective.

Don't see it if your seat is on the side of the thrust stage rather than the front. You will almost never see faces & on audience right you get splashed.

80
Spotty, Indulgent, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Lady sesh. Distaff interpretation of The Bard with tweaks and updates for contemp appeal. Kids decide to put on a show. But what a show.

Don't see it if Big Mac--Beth, hold the pickle. Please. Spotty. More Red Bull blood that's shed. Underscores the paucity of femme roles in his canon. Rain.

78
This is a wild ride.

See it if You want a (for me) thrilling theatre spectacle w Shkspre's words, huge story edits, lotsa mean teenage energy w a committed all-female cast

Don't see it if LOUD, tons of water, confusing intermingling of characters w/o helpful wardrobe changes, only a few actors able to infuse meaning from text.

Also You will either love or hate, with little room in-between.... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Shakespeare delivered by a talented young female cast. Adaptation attempts to blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

Don't see it if Framing device is somewhat gimmicky. It works in this production, but might not be for everyone. Program notes make twists predictable.

56
Flimsy frames of reference, Superficially relevant, Disappointing, Really?, Overrated

See it if you support any pretext to retroactively rebalance female presence in the classics; casting’s enough to differentiate a dime-a-dozen Macbeth

Don't see it if you groan at stretched attempts at topicality; want a clever/fitting adaptation. Plays to the teen set, but superficial conception of youth.

Also Some parts great in isolation (Lady MB’s “out, damned spot”) but not a... Read more Read less

67
Clever, Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if you like the passion of committed amateurish productions with a slightly higher production value or want to see a competent Macbeth.

Don't see it if You're expecting a particularly fresh take, dislike staged violence, or can't understand actors that talk really fast.

Also I'm sure this is what the production was going for, and the young acto... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you don’t need a lot of context for what you are seeing and can handle Shakespeare’s dialogue.

Don't see it if You don’t know Macbeth that well, are not a fan of theater that doesn’t spell it al out for you

75
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy unconventional takes on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You only want to see unabridged, traditional versions of Shakespeare

89
Intense, Epic, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Frankly, just an incredibly creative ambitious and all out avantgarde production of Macbeth.

Don't see it if Seven young women act out the original play word for word, not for those who abhor violence and liberties w originals

Also This was not for everyone. People got up and left storming out of the ... Read more Read less

74
Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You are young and appreciate modern interpretation of Shakespeare

Don't see it if If playing with a great classic disturbs you

97
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like fresh takes on classics. You can understand Shakespearean language. You aren’t offended by violence.

Don't see it if You insist on traditional unabridged Shakespeare.

Also This has become on of my favorite productions of Macbeth - a show I’ve... Read more Read less

94
Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, For the shakespeare lover

See it if If you go w/the concept, you'll be fully rewarded. These actresses do superb job of making Bard accessible & riveting; they're physical/NEW!

Don't see it if You cant let go of seeing cast of female schoolmates performing or want your M done standard form. Every actor should see this & take notes~

90
Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want great acting mixed with a healthy dose of macabre humor that is unlike anything you've seen.

Don't see it if bloody tampons, dead babies or same sex kissing offend you.

90
Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like takes on Shakespeare.. if you like great conceptual theatre...and seeing wonderful young talent... I LOVED this

Don't see it if you insist on every word of Shakespeare being there...if you're particularly squeamish...if you aren't willing to growth a very bold take

75
Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an all-female modern interpretation of MacBeth.

Don't see it if You want to see a staging of MacBeth without additional elements from modern times. You are affected by blood on stage.

92
Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see an extraordinary vision of Macbeth and enjoy terrific acting. Schmidt's direction and adaption exceptional. Dangerous girls.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a new adaption of Shakespeare.

Also All the actors were wonderful, with Ismenia Mendes truly impressive. T... Read more Read less

91
Edgy, Must see, Riveting, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You like deconstruction of Shakespeare OR if you’re a horror genre fan - so many clever homages throughout. Lady macBeth was STELLAR

Don't see it if If you just can’t abide Shakespeare at all. If you can’t abide anything being altered about Shakespeare

76
Violent, Confusing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want a different and interesting take on Macbeth with an energetic and talented all female cast and an interesting concept for the play.

Don't see it if If you have never seen Macbeth I would not recommend this take. The concept is interesting but at times cost the play some of its power.

Also I think the dynamic between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is the play. The ... Read more Read less

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You like to support young actresses in a rendition of a play which is very amateurish and confusing.

Don't see it if You want to see classic Shakespeare. This doesn't even approach it.

65
Splashy, Rowdy, Declamatory, Disappointing, Streamlined

See it if you're easily won over by the technical wizardry involved with reproducing a lengthy rainstorm onstage.

Don't see it if you assume all-female cast means new insights into the characters. Despite the gender swap, the interpretations here are fairly traditional.

Also Memorable Line: "Here’s the smell of the blood still."


May 20th, 2019
"An adaptation...that with its all-female cast becomes a raucous, sometimes impish, very dark-edged revel...Fuhrman puts a studious teen’s spin on her contemplative Macbeth, while an irrepressible mischief lurks within Mendes’s wonderful Lady Macbeth, toggling between passion and playfulness...Wh...
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May 20th, 2019
"Equally giggly and grisly...Alternates between heightened high jinks and chilling violence. At first, you may chuckle at these bad girls’ adolescent antics...even as Macbeth and her wife (standout Ismenia Mendes) go on an ambition-fueled rampage of destruction...The production works better when ...
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May 19th, 2019
"The stage is awash in concept, but the real, visceral stakes of the story at hand can be neither seen nor felt...Schmidt is so enamored of her big idea that she allows her actors to gallop through the text of 'Macbeth' as if it has nothing to offer but basic structure and forward motion...The ch...
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May 20th, 2019
"The giddy, irreverent pace and edited text help offset the inevitable stylistic trade-off: not all the actors are giving a Banquo, Macduff or King Duncan for the ages (whatever that might be)...The playing of the lead roles is generally appealing, but uneven...I wanted more 'Macbeth' on the cutt...
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