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Macbeth (Frog & Peach Theatre Company)

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Intense, Absorbing

About the show

Frog & Peach Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's terrifying tragedy of blood, war, and witchcraft. More…

Lord and Lady Macbeth are very much in love. He's an extraordinary warrior who's tough, witty, and honorable. She's his lovely, charming soulmate who wants what's best for him. 'Macbeth' is the story of how they lose their souls in haunting, blood-spattered detail. When three strange witches appear with promises of greatness, Macbeth, fueled by ambition, performs unspeakable acts. One murder leads to another; and another, and still more in this shockingly modern tale of brutality, eroticism, and the supernatural.

Member Reviews (32)


Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Intense, Absorbing
Avg Score

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You know someone in the show and want to support them. Don't see it if you love Macbeth, don't see it if you're new to Shakespeare. A mess.

Don't see it if No nuance to the characters or words. Boring staging and production. Cringe-worthy delivery. The best actors weren't in the top roles.

Needs rehearsal. amateurish

See it if A few sparks of emotion showed through plodding Shakespeare. Needs tighter direction.

Don't see it if Very basic production. No set. Some costumes and swords.

Uneven, Some actors couldn't be heard or understood, including macbeth at times, Amateurish, Preshow speech by self important director didn't help, Energetic

See it if you know someone in the cast.

Don't see it if you want to understand Shakespeare's gorgeous language or be impacted by this very intense drama.

Also Considering that this company was founded by life-long Actors Studio m... Read more Read less

Not my favorite macbeth

See it if you know Macbeth well so can pick out the subtle nuances of the better performances within this soup or know it not and just want exposure.

Don't see it if You are put off by various abilities to wrap one's tongue around Shakespeare. If you want any subtly or arc for Lady Macbeth. She GOES mad.

Also I've seen quite a few MacBeth in the past few years, this is far from ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Overwrought

See it if You're up for a quick-paced, well acted, earnest & committed if ultimately flat Macbeth whose Method approach sadly morphs into melodrama.

Don't see it if You're expecting an inspired or revelatory production, or the clearest language or poetry. Voices & deliveries generally fine, but.

Also While this Frog & Peach production is a serious & sincere attempt, it ... Read more Read less

Meh, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if You are primarily focused on Lady Macbeth, as she and the porter, are the most effective actors.

Don't see it if Generally, not recommended. Uneven acting + lines without affect, ending with an incomprehensible dumb show of Macduff chasing the witches-?

Also I've seen better productions by this company - their King John was qui... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Amateur night shakespeare. it's not enough to just memorize the lines, you've got to deliver them with understanding and convey their meaning to the audience.

See it if You only want to check Macbeth off your list of Shakespeare plays you've seen and don't care about quality at all.

Don't see it if You would like to get some sense of why this is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. You won't get it here.

Intelligent, Ambitious, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if You like Shakespeare; you enjoy energetic performance; you want to see a masterpiece in a tiny theater

Don't see it if You want a single standard of performance - the caliber of acting (& type of direction) differed significantly; you want traditional staging

Underwhelming, Lost, Misguided, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Someone help these actors w/their Shakespeare. Seemed like bunch of scene studies-v choppy-& no one could handle the emotion necessary

Don't see it if U'r bringing someone new to the Bard. They will think THEY dont understand, when blame is fully on the underwhelming handling & commitment~

Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you are a shakespeare fan; enjoy well acted play with the actors close to the audience

Don't see it if want to see a large performance; dont like the bard and his intricate language

Confusing, Slow, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if You want to support the cast/company

Don't see it if You are looking for great performances and production of Shakespeare

Also While Frog & Peach productions like to use the Shakespeare folio of th... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Cliched, Dated

See it if You want to watch Macbeth on stage. This version conveys the original meaning and general plot line.

Don't see it if You want to spend more money on a better and more comprehensive Macbeth.

Also This one is clearly a cheap production, so I don't want to demand more... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Slow, Strange

See it if You want to see watered down version of Macbeth with American English and game of the throne costume

Don't see it if If you don't want to get bored with Macbeth

Uneven performances, Good lighting, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You'd like to support the cast/company

Don't see it if Uneven performances bother you

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a Shakespeare standard. I've never seen Macbeth, but I'm glad I saw this production.

Don't see it if You want true-to-the-original staging. One thing I'm enjoying about different Shakespeare productions is that each production is different.

Relevant, Solid, Unremarkable

See it if You want a traditional retelling of one of Shakespeare's darkest plays.

Don't see it if straightforward, no-frills Shakespeare bores you.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Intense

See it if You love Shakespeare and want to see each performance of all of his plays

Don't see it if You want consistent acting. Some of the actors seemed very nervous or manic. Some of them seemed to be playing to a larger venue.

Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare

Disappointing, Confusing, Rushed, Surface-level, Amateur

See it if you want to support a friend involved in the show, if you want to experience a new theatre space, want to support a growing theatre company

Don't see it if you've never seen shakespeare before (you won't understand it...I'm a classical actor & I had trouble), you're looking for good acting

Banal, Insipid

See it if no.

Don't see it if i only survived the 1st half

Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You are interested in live theater and you are willing to see actors from a wider range of skill perform classic Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare snob. You don't have patience for anything other than Broadway. You require a cast that contains names.

Clumsy, Insipid, Disappointing, Almost great in certain moments, But they did try very hard

See it if You love Shakespeare and really want to see as many productions of his plays as possible.

Don't see it if You love Shakespeare and only want to see excellent productions of his plays, or if you've never been acquainted with Shakespeare.

Also This wasn't the worst show I've ever seen, but so much was left to be ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Intense

See it if You love Shakespeare. Enjoy ethnically diverse casting and an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You aren't familiar with Shakespearean verse, don't like lengthy shows (2hr20min run time) and don't like small black box productions.

Confusing, Ambitious, Disjointed

See it if You love rough drafts of a project.

Don't see it if You are expecting polished Shakespeare.

Also I feel like this show was on its way to a good show but it seems as if... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare master pieces, if you enjoy plays in an intimate theatre, the actors put a very profound performance.

Don't see it if You don't like plays and don't like Shakespeare because it might be a little hard to understand.

February 1st, 2017
"A bit fuzzy-headed and not wildly original...There has to be a reason an audience will sit and watch a play that is so overdone and Gonzalez and Billingsley never rise above the level of a pretty couple bickering. On the other hand, the Three Witches are marvelously intense creatures...The rest ...
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