In Previews: Opens Oct 27 | East Village

Macbeth (Classic Stage Company)

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent

About the show

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.

In Previews: Opens Oct 27 | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (15)


Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent
Avg Score

During previews
Disappointing, Good acting, Barebones, Dull, Confusing

See it if ur ok seeing a heavily edited, rushed, casual production in which perseverant actors are double cast & try admirably to provide some clarity

Don't see it if ur a Shakespeare purist; you aren't familiar with or don't familiarize yourself with the play in advance; u seek a big-budget production.

Also I have studied Macbeth and seen so many productions of The Scottish Pl... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want a 90+minute Shakespeare, enjoy doubling & tripling of actors without regard to gender, minimal scenery, fan of Corey Stoll

Don't see it if you expect close adherence to text, want no confusion to what role an actor is playing at any one time, some great speeches minimized

Also Corey Stoll is indeed quite marvelous in the title role with Nadia Bow... Read more Read less

During previews
You know what u get w a john doyle production: this stripped down version of one of will’s best tragedies is effective, but some questionable directing choices

See it if truncated script captures essence of riveting plot; Corey Stoll as Mac convincing in descent into madness

Don't see it if changes 2 elements that make Macbeth uniquely macabre: no weird witches, underplays kinky gender reversal between Mac and Lady Mac

Also What Doyle appears to be doing in this production is trying to turn Ma... Read more Read less

During previews
Well written (obviously!), Violent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great acting. very lively production. I really enjoyed Corey Stoll and Nadia Bowers who were fantastic along with rest of cast.

Don't see it if if you don't like Shakespeare or have seen the play too often. Online program adds to confusion although that is a great idea to save paper.

During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're up for a different take on Macbeth. Doyle's staging is more intimate and made it more personal.

Don't see it if you need costumes, scenery, big casts for your Shakespeare. Some of the tableaux were so striking, almost like paintings.

Also The entire cast was great-- terrific ensemble acting. Corey Stoll's pr... Read more Read less

During previews
Violent, Barebones, Tragic, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a well-acted, barebones adaptation of "The Scottish Play" that features some strong acting and clocks in at about 105 mins.

Don't see it if you either prefer your Shakespeare with elaborate period costumes and sets or if you don't like Shakespeare at all.

During previews
Overrated, Indulgent, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if you love Corey Stoll. He still manages to shine in this production.

Don't see it if you're expecting the Macbeth you know. This one is devoid of suspense, danger, and connection between the actors.

During previews
Lack of clarity of who's who, Corey stoll shines, Stellar cast, Intimate setting adds to impact, Captures the immediacy & urgency of the text

See it if want to see the intense passions of the play brought to life in an intimate setting with an amazing cast. C. Stoll & N. Bowers really shine

Don't see it if unless you read a plot outline beforehand. Seriously! Doubling of roles, limited costumes & gender-switches don't help distinguish who's who

Also Don't expect a helpful plot summary in the program, or even a list of ... Read more Read less

During previews
Good acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well-acted Macbeth performed in a brisk 100 minutes

Don't see it if if you don't like performers playing multiple parts or chanting as a group or need your Shakespeare to have ornate sets

During previews
Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare, well done and with clarity, up-close and intense by powerful, sure actors! A complicated tale told simply,graphically

Don't see it if Shakespeare bores you, passion and power confrontations bore you, seeing wonderful acting up close bores you

Also John Doyle's production cuts Macbeth down to the essentials of lust fo... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see an understated, but good, version of Macbeth.

Don't see it if You don't care for austere set design or actors switching roles.

Also The Classic Stage Company has put on a good version of Macbeth. Man-an... Read more Read less

During previews
Grim, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love Shakespeare and want to see an ensemble inhabit a classic with a new perspective. You love Corey Stoll...

Don't see it if You have a short attention span; this is One hour, 45 minutes of pure verbal intensity and thus requires fully alert audience engagement.

During previews
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to get to the heart of the play without frills and see great acting and the Macbeths as a couple who actually love each other.

Don't see it if You like period costumes and fancy sets and/or overdetermined directorial conceits.

During previews
Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You want to see another great performance by Corey Stoll in another Shakespeare play where he's the best thing in it.

Don't see it if You want relevant Shakespeare. The staging tries too hard to be edgy but ends up being dull. The production never matches Stoll's energy.

During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love great acting and want to see a powerful production of Macbeth in an amazing intimate setting

Don't see it if If you don't know the play at all, this may not be the best introduction to it for you

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