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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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~
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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