Corey Stoll ("First Man," “House of Cards”) and Nadia Bowers ("Describe the Night," "The Farnsworth Invention") star in Classic Stage Company’s production of Shakespeare's dark tragedy. More…
From the show:
A terrifyingly prophetic tale of revenge, murder, and madness, Macbeth ominously traces the fallout when the darkest side of humanity cheats its way into a position of power. Often referred to as “The Scottish Play” by superstitious theatergoers due to the purported witchcraft found within its text, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest, scariest, and yet, most popular tragedies.
See it if Doyle's "lean & hungry" staging moves like a stealth missile w/judicious pruning & economic ensemble igniting dark tragedy Leads outstanding
Don't see it if Doyle's usual clipped staging can cause grief (for purists) or confusion (for novices) but gets job done w/scenes of quick shocking violence
See it if Great acting by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Love the thrust stage and CSC is an expert with it. Fun finding a witch or her words,
Don't see it if 9 actors play more than 25 roles but with almost same costumes. 2 great female actors play 2 1/2 male roles. . Set is a throne and...
See it if John Doyle and the terrific Stoll and spouse distill a brief, bare Scot tragedy with gender-flipped roles and shades of grey/noir wardrobe.
Don't see it if Having apparently exhausted musical/political dramas, the Doyle factory sets its crosshairs on steamrolling the inevitable Shakespeare canon
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare but aren’t in the mood to sit through a three-hour play. This abridged 100-minute version is quick and impactful.
Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare or prefer to experience his works staged in full.
See it if you’ll enjoy many excellent Macbeth scenes even if the show as a whole stretches credibility bcz the collapse of Macbeth’s reign is so rapid
Don't see it if Anyone going to CSC likely has a few Macbeths under their belt, but I’m still not sure if all of Doyle’s intentions were made clear
See it if dark Shakespeare tragedy stripped down to essentials in a 1hr 45 min production; an excellent Stroll who shows the character's changes in*
Don't see it if don't want violence, minimalist staging, want more of the original play presented; don't like actors coming from multiple sides of theater
See it if You want to see every Macbeth. Corey Stoll good.
Don't see it if You want the complete Macbeth-this version is cut. No scenery at all. Hard to hear, audience on three sides. Confusing sometimes who’s who.
Also Does not feel Shakespearean.
See it if you don’t mind a shortened form of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth that barely gives you time to breathe between scenes; a fan of the actors.
Don't see it if seeking traditional Shakespeare; don't like /confused by actors in multiple roles; aren’t a fan of CSC’s spare sets and garish lighting.
See it if You like your Shakespeare abridged and condensed to the point of incomprehension
Don't see it if You are not familiar with the play already , otherwise you will find it impossible to follow
See it if you're interested in a solid but safe rendition of a Shakespearean classic.
Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh take or unforgettable performances. You're going to miss the porter scene.
See it if John Doyle’s minimalist staging gives added imaginative heft to this study of ruthless ambition; terrific ensemble especially Stoll&Bowers
Don't see it if If you don’t know ow the play well it can be confusing because actors play multiple roles across gender without costume changes
See it if Fine intro to MacBeth clear and dynamic, Corey Stoll makes every word intelligible and meaningful.
Don't see it if Minimalist costume and set. The text has been greatly edited. I wish the actors had more gravitas, shouting does not a performance make.
See it if you want to see every Macbeth - it's a somewhat different take. Many of the actors- besides the 2 leads - are excellent.
Don't see it if even though it's sliced up to be v short, it drags. The doubling/tripling of actors is just confusing. The set and staging add nothing.
See it if you know the play well and can fill in the pieces. The porblem with abbreviating Shakespeare is you miss the character development. Pity
Don't see it if you want the full evolution of a tragedy. The speed and superficiality make for a diminished experience. Ladies Macbeth and MacDuff emerge
See it if Corey Stoll has broad range & gives most memorable "Tomorrow" speech ever; Nadia Bowers is Lady Macbeth; Raffi Barousmian, a fine Malcolm.
Don't see it if you don't know MacBeth well; don't like your Shakespeare cut. This runs 1 hour 40 minutes. Multiple cast members play multiple parts.
See it if you are a Shakespeare fan as well as a John Doyle fan
Don't see it if stripped down, bare-bones productions are not to your liking, or if you can't sit through 100 minutes with no intermission
See it if you want to see Shakespeare. This classic is performed in under 2 hours. Moves quickly.
Don't see it if you want musical comedy or something light. Some actors handle more than one role.
See it if you haven't seem Macbeth before and want a slightly shortened version.
Don't see it if you want the acting to be really professional and grasp the emotions and evil of Macbeth and his wife.
See it if you like Shakespeare and want to see a uniquely directed production of The Scottish Play.
Don't see it if you do not like Shakespeareian tragedies.
See it if You like a production where the audience is in the middle of the action, want to enjoy the poetry of this play
Don't see it if You are looking to be moved emotionally. Lots of emoting but I couldn’t really connect.
See it if you want to see a lean, pared-down, fast-moving production of Macbeth.
Don't see it if you expect a Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who are true tragic figures. Here, they came across more as crass schemers whose plan goes wrong.