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Mac Beth

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Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Edgy

About the show

Seven girls hurl headlong into the unchecked passions of "Macbeth" as the line between real life and bloody fantasy quickly blurs. An encore staging of Red Bull's new adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. 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.


Member Reviews (137)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Edgy
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Avg Score

78
Macbeth w female h.s. students playing all roles shows connection between the play's fated blood-soaked violence & the violence unleashed in the student-actors

See it if intriguing mash up of "Lord of the Flies" & the Scottish play shows how violence once unleashed can consume everything; shattering ending

Don't see it if energetic not great version of play; transition from childhood games to murderous actions much too abrupt

75
Lots of shouting and running around, Indulgent, Interesting staging, effects, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if interesting Macbeth, an interpretation I'm sure you've never seen before. Cool effects.

Don't see it if If you want a traditional production of Macbeth. Or if you want to be able to follow what is happening if you don't recall the exact details

Also Not that enjoyable, confusing, lots of wild running around and screami... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Gimmicky, Untraditional

See it if energetic; young actors pour themselves into their roles with both frolic & fortitude; interesting interpretation with plenty of humor

Don't see it if gets a little too gimmicky; back & forth between hi jinx and violence; could be confusing if not familiar w/the play - read the cliff notes

59
Disappointing, Poorly edited version of "mac beth" (including the title), Original but unsuccessful, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the Scottish play performed by a group of high-school girls in a Cliff's Notes version.

Don't see it if you want to see a solid production of Shakespeare's classic. Too much script editing. Acting is very inconsistent.

Also There was one scene that I found disturbing. It seems like a racially ... Read more Read less

85
Visceral, Funny, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You’re open to alternative interpretations of the Scottish play and would get a kick out of women playing all the parts.

Don't see it if You want the whole thing unadulterated.

Also Mean Girls meets Shakespeare. It’s funny, crude, palpable, and wet. In... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Intense, Dizzying, Macabre, Absorbing

See it if You are already familiar with the source material and want to see a well-directed and unique adaptation.

Don't see it if You dislike heavily abridged Shakespeare. Are not a fan of modern adaptations of The Bard's work.

Also "But, gentle heavens, cut short all intermission" -MacDuff... Read more Read less

96
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a classic Shakespearean text interpreted in an uber-modern, uber-creepy, and uber-unique light.

Don't see it if You're expecting a classic retelling of Macbeth.

85
Well-acted, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever

See it if are interested in seeing Shakespeare in a slightly different form and, in the end, possibly even more frightening

Don't see it if you don't think MacBeth should be performed by a group of schoolgirls in the woods, no matter how talented they are

80
Wicked, Bloody, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want an original take on Macbeth that plays deeply into the play's occult nature in a way you perhaps didn't expect!

Don't see it if You want traditional Shakespeare - this is very breathless and 90 min, no intermission

Also MAC BETH isn't perfect but it's pretty damn fantastic. It draws on our... Read more Read less

82
Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you were a teenage girl, live with a teenage girl, know teenage girl(s).

Don't see it if you cannot stomach (literally and figuratively) graphic violence.

84
Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a classic

Don't see it if Shakespearean tales bore you

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you love contemporary, reimagined adaptations of classic literature. It is cut down while still retaining the fundamental parts of the play.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to gore, prefer traditional adaptations of Shakespeare, or can't understand Shakespearean language.

82
Great acting, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You’ve never seen Macbeth like this. Innovative approach to the play and wonderfully choreographed movement. All-female cast.

Don't see it if I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t at least find this production interesting unless they want a traditional approach to Shakespeare.

90
Quirky, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like clever reimaginings of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you want a straight up version of the play, can't tolerate gore that is both funny and frightening

Also This play worked both on its Shakespeare level (I thought for instance... Read more Read less

82
Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you love fresh takes

Don't see it if you love staley stale stale

67
Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if You like well acted Shakespeare with a twist.

Don't see it if You have never seen/read Macbeth before or you are extremely sensitive to gore.

Also MacBeth does many things well; fantastic direction, terrific performan... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like reimaginings of Shakespeare. You like shows that feature young talent. You want a shorter show- Mac Beth runs 90 minutes.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see Shakespeare adapted or reimagined. A show about teenage girls is off-putting to you. There is some graphic violence.

83
Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you're a Shakespeare fan, but you're not afraid to see a classic get a bit roughed up. You want to be genuinely horrified for a spell.

Don't see it if you're faint of heart. Or you're hard of hearing. Audio is sometimes uneven in the space, especially once some stage effects get going.

65
Quirky, Overrated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy a fresh take on a classic play with all female casting and lots of gore and mayhem

Don't see it if You want a polished and professional production. This is a college production. It is full of energy but the acting/staging Is not quite pro

90
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like modern takes on Shakespeare, girl power, and great design elements.

Don't see it if You're squeamish or a purist when it comes to Shakespeare.

88
Quirky, Edgy, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You like quirky inventive theatre. This is a great example of why Off-Broadway continues to move theatre into exciting places. Very original

Don't see it if If you don’t like classics such as Macbeth being placed in a blender and ground to a pulp.

100
Raunchy, Quirky, Great acting, Edgy, Delightful

See it if you like seeing edgy twists on Shakespeare!

Don't see it if you're easily frightened or have a weak stomach.

Also Erica Schmidt is a freaking genius! This production is funny and gross... Read more Read less

91
Intense, Refreshing, Riveting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if if you like Macbeth, and enjoy seeing interesting adaptations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if If you don't like productions taking liberties with the text, or are uncomfortable with violence and gore.

100
Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like theatre. There’s not a single word or action that isn’t said or done with great purpose.

Don't see it if It’s a bit gory. The rain scene goes on for a bit too long.

For a previous production
85
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting

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.


February 6th, 2020
"When Teenage Angst Turns Bloody: Schoolgirl savagery is at the center of Erica Schmidt’s inventive adaptation of Shakespeare’s play."
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January 19th, 2020
"Erica Schmidt's Psychologically Intriguing 'MAC BETH' Moves Uptown"
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January 21st, 2020
Score: 97% "Once upon a time, three girls went into the forest but only two came out. In Erica Schmidt's brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' you will discover how that could be."
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January 16th, 2020
"This is among the most passionate versions of the play ever performed. Chief among the main players is the impressive Brittany Bradford, who smartly captures Macbeth's almost quicksilver transition from meek but loyal nobleman to halfheartedly ambitious throne-grabber."
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