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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)


Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Edgy

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a classic

Don't see it if Shakespearean tales bore you

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.

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.

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

Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you love fresh takes

Don't see it if you love staley stale stale

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

For a previous production
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
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
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
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

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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