Ends Feb 22 | 1h 40m | Upper E Side

Mac Beth

From 118 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Intense

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 (118)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Intense
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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

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.

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

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
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.

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.

For a previous production
54
Confusing, High school level, Disappointing, Banal, Misleading advertisement

See it if You want to see an all-girls high school performance of Macbeth. Nicely edited to 90 mim. Good performances.

Don't see it if you expect any reimagining of the original. They just put the girls in board school uniforms as they perform the original text.

Also The advertisement is misleading. This is not an adaptation. At best a ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
55
Unimaginative, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a 90min version of Macbeth.

Don't see it if You are expecting a fresh or updated take on the story.

Also The marketing promises Macbeth set in an all girls high school. From t... Read more Read less

For a previous production
69
Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal

See it if A shorter version of Shakespeare classic. If you want a different take on Mac Beth. Nice lighting, decent direction and some good acting.

Don't see it if All women cast, shorter, waterdown version is not gor you. Premise is the same. Not all actors are good in this play. c grade at best.

For a previous production
71
Juvenile, Quirky, Bloody, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if u want to see Mean Girls meets Macbeth in a high concept, heavily redacted, highly stylized, all-tween production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Don't see it if you prefer substance to style; you're a Shakespeare purist; you aren't already familiar w/the plot & characters of Macbeth.

Also While there's much to admire about this ambitious all-female adaptatio... Read more Read less

For a previous production
78
Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Stripped to it's violent, power driven essence, this gender inverted take on Shakespeare's classic is equally fascinating & banal Well acted

Don't see it if Extremely violent, often funny - it's a mash-up of Mean Girls meets The Crucible Biggest problem - academic quality to the interpretation

For a previous production
90
Bloody, Brilliantly conceived, Well-played, Beautifully designed, Revelatory

See it if you like high concept Shakespearean productions that actually make you rethink the text.

Don't see it if you don't like your Shakespeare tinkered with: Here, a single directorial choice transfigures the landscape.

Also Often high concept Shakespeare productions—an Industrial Revolution Ha... Read more Read less

For a previous production
78
Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if curious how modern adolescent girls approach the play, you follow the director's work, very familiar with "Macbeth," enjoy Red Bull's work

Don't see it if you're not that familiar with the original, don't like shrieks of adolescent girls, not willing to think about reasons for this approach

Also While the production can be fun and bloody, part of the enjoyment occa... Read more Read less

For a previous production
76
Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you know your Shakespeare well as this is a new take on the play with great staging and new story lines by an energetic all female cast.

Don't see it if you aren't well acquainted with the original play-the action here is fast w/ multiple roles played by the cast of 7 w/ loudness & screaming.

For a previous production
77
Great staging, Entertaining, Great writing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like modern, streamlined adaptations of Shakespeare. You want a young cast take on a classic work. You like intimate staging.

Don't see it if You're expecting a radical, re-imaging: despite moments of teen-ness & the tacked-on coda, this is a traditional presentation of Macbeth.

For a previous production
82
Intense, Unexpectedly successful, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if innovative approaches to Shakespeare interest you. The teenaged witches were remarkably effective.

Don't see it if your seat is on the side of the thrust stage rather than the front. You will almost never see faces & on audience right you get splashed.

For a previous production
80
Spotty, Indulgent, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Lady sesh. Distaff interpretation of The Bard with tweaks and updates for contemp appeal. Kids decide to put on a show. But what a show.

Don't see it if Big Mac--Beth, hold the pickle. Please. Spotty. More Red Bull blood that's shed. Underscores the paucity of femme roles in his canon. Rain.

For a previous production
71
Quirky, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like to experience different versions of a famous Shakespeare play, this one done with an all female cast. Interesting set.

Don't see it if you like a traditional version of Shakespeare play.

Also For a Red Bull production this was surprisingly non violent except for... Read more Read less

For a previous production
60
Great staging, Great acting

See it if Bloody end (with "selfies") is fun to watch. As are the pop dance sequences. And the rain sequence on stage.

Don't see it if Plot can be confusing. Lots of screaming, banging of pipes, banging with a hammer, etc, can be grating to the audience. Runs 90 minutes.

For a previous production
78
This is a wild ride.

See it if You want a (for me) thrilling theatre spectacle w Shkspre's words, huge story edits, lotsa mean teenage energy w a committed all-female cast

Don't see it if LOUD, tons of water, confusing intermingling of characters w/o helpful wardrobe changes, only a few actors able to infuse meaning from text.

Also You will either love or hate, with little room in-between.... Read more Read less

For a previous production
75
Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see an all woman cast tackle Shakespeare well. Funny, well acted, quirky enough to be fun. Some great choices.

Don't see it if You get pulled in by the synopsis. Not what I expected but enjoyable after I let go of my expectations. Occasionally confusing.

For a previous production
79
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Shakespeare delivered by a talented young female cast. Adaptation attempts to blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

Don't see it if Framing device is somewhat gimmicky. It works in this production, but might not be for everyone. Program notes make twists predictable.

For a previous production
86
Originality of staging lifts understanding of classic text

See it if Pretty sensational. Uniformed high school girls do their own staging of Macbeth with classic text and youthful sensibility and exuberance.

Don't see it if you're an orthodox Shakespeare purist. Can be gruesome but not gratuitously so. Actresses are terrific as girls playing multiple roles.

For a previous production
56
Flimsy frames of reference, Superficially relevant, Disappointing, Really?, Overrated

See it if you support any pretext to retroactively rebalance female presence in the classics; casting’s enough to differentiate a dime-a-dozen Macbeth

Don't see it if you groan at stretched attempts at topicality; want a clever/fitting adaptation. Plays to the teen set, but superficial conception of youth.

Also Some parts great in isolation (Lady MB’s “out, damned spot”) but not a... Read more Read less

For a previous production
76
Abridged, Quirky, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if You like your 'Will' with a side of iPhone. This is a rapid fire 90 minute race through MacBeth. A lot to like here. Great use of props.

Don't see it if you dont like Shakespeare-light. You dont like contemporary versions brutally edited down. Loud and messy, sprinkled with 2019 speech.

Also I still dont know whether I really liked this or not. But I would like... Read more Read less


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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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...Wh...
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