New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Macbeth (The Mobile Unit)

From 6 critic and 1 member reviews
Members say: Must see, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Masterful

About the show

The Mobile Unit presents free Shakespeare to community venues, culminating in a "sit-down" at The Public Theater. More…

A wicked prophecy sets the soldier Macbeth on a murderous path to the throne. United by love and ambition, and driven to become king, Macbeth and his wife decide to plot, scheme, and kill their way into power – but the price of power might be more than he can afford.

1h 30m | Already closed | Public Theater (East Village)

Front Row Center

"This energetic company offers the Bard’s five acts in a seamless, well-paced ninety minutes that keep you on the edge of your comfortable chair. Whatever they excised from the original text goes unmourned here... the audience surrounds the actors who enter and exit nearly brushing your sleeve. That proximity is exciting. Another plus is the lights are up, so you see your fellow audience members react as you would have at the Globe. They—'The Mobile Shakespeare Unit'—just get so much right." Full Review


"This is a fine and engaging production, with the text trimmed to 100 intermissionless minutes. The racially diverse eight-member company, most playing multiple roles, reflects Papp's original concept of casting Shakespeare with an ensemble that looks like the population of New York...This 'Macbeth' would serve as an excellent production for those just discovering Shakespeare, as well as provide a fun evening for those looking to see an old classic through new eyes." Full Review


"Torres instinctively slows the action in iconic spots like Macbeth's dagger scene and the 'Tomorrow' speech to allow the audience to soak in the words. Unfortunately this instinct did not extend to the music, which is sometimes played so loudly that it's difficult to hear the dialogue. That aside, this smart, intensely performed, intermission-free production flexes its muscles like a well-toned athlete, letting Shakespeare's language do the heavy lifting." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"This current production lies somewhere between good and exceptional...For avid fans of Shakespeare, this version may lack some depth owing to the lines omitted for the sake of brevity...For those less familiar with this play in particular and Shakespeare in general, that brevity pays dividends. The quick pace keeps the show engaging and accessible." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Directed by Edward Torres and including a cast of eight performing almost 30 roles, the acting is what really stands out...Ultimately, if you want a finely staged and performed Macbeth, by all means go to The Public Theater. At $20 a pop, tickets are not expensive. It’s accessible, which is what The Mobile Unit is all about. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking." Full Review

The New York Times

"Torres' style is both brisk and kinetic...both a strength and a snag...But tragedy relies more heavily on character, and this approach doesn’t really allow its characters to develop...The simple set design is nicely flexible. The gutter-punk costuming is fanciful, the performers are engaging, the story is accessible, the action is dynamic. But the play isn’t especially tragic or moving." Full Review

Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Intense, Riveting

See it if You love war and fighting and Shakespeare

Don't see it if You hate gore and dirty work

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