Mac Beth
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Mac Beth NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(137 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
13%
Negative
2%
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.

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Member Reviews (137)

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612 Reviews | 269 Followers
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

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
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 Read more

501 Reviews | 127 Followers
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

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
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. Read more

346 Reviews | 86 Followers
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. Read more

271 Reviews | 68 Followers
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. Read more

88 Reviews | 12 Followers
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.

80 Reviews | 8 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (31)

The Wall Street Journal
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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BroadwayWorld
January 19th, 2020

"Erica Schmidt's Psychologically Intriguing 'MAC BETH' Moves Uptown"
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Front Row Center
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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C
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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The New York Times
May 20th, 2019
For a previous production

"An adaptation...that with its all-female cast becomes a raucous, sometimes impish, very dark-edged revel...Fuhrman puts a studious teen’s spin on her contemplative Macbeth, while an irrepressible mischief lurks within Mendes’s wonderful Lady Macbeth, toggling between passion and playfulness...What’s powerful in this play isn’t its climax. It’s watching a group of girls meet Shakespeare on their own electric terms — with ferocity, abandon and the occasional wild dance break."
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Time Out New York
May 20th, 2019
For a previous production

"Equally giggly and grisly...Alternates between heightened high jinks and chilling violence. At first, you may chuckle at these bad girls’ adolescent antics...even as Macbeth and her wife (standout Ismenia Mendes) go on an ambition-fueled rampage of destruction...The production works better when it veers into horror territory...The bloody savagery that these fresh-faced girls are capable of inflicting on each other is hard to wash off your mind."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 19th, 2019
For a previous production

"The stage is awash in concept, but the real, visceral stakes of the story at hand can be neither seen nor felt...Schmidt is so enamored of her big idea that she allows her actors to gallop through the text of 'Macbeth' as if it has nothing to offer but basic structure and forward motion...The characters they’re enacting inside Shakespeare’s play blur together, a mess of casual, hyper, contemporary gestures that never let us take the story seriously."
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The Observer
May 20th, 2019
For a previous production

"The giddy, irreverent pace and edited text help offset the inevitable stylistic trade-off: not all the actors are giving a Banquo, Macduff or King Duncan for the ages (whatever that might be)...The playing of the lead roles is generally appealing, but uneven...I wanted more 'Macbeth' on the cutting-room floor, more material about the students’ lives, less fidelity to the Jacobean source."
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