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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
81
Avg Score

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

For a previous production
77
High concept, Quirky, Intense, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You already know (and love) the Shakespeare play and want to see it attempted by a group of energetic young women

Don't see it if You don't already understand the plot, it gets muddled here. Pet peeve- volume does not equal emotion...just yelling .

For a previous production
88
Resonant, Intense, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to see a clever new take on it. Gets pretty scary by the end.

Don't see it if Don't sit in the front row if you mind getting wet (but only a little). And if you're not a fan of the Bard, probably not great for you.

For a previous production
75
Silly props, Ambitious, Great writing, Quirky, Good acting

See it if you'd like to see some terrific young actresses tackle MacBeth.Acting is the reason to see this.You see every possible production of MacBeth

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare "pure" & dsilike campy versions.You prefer fully staged productions. You prefer gender normal role playing

Also The playbill, which I didn't read until after the play--in part due to... Read more Read less

For a previous production
89
Intense, Epic, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Frankly, just an incredibly creative ambitious and all out avantgarde production of Macbeth.

Don't see it if Seven young women act out the original play word for word, not for those who abhor violence and liberties w originals

Also This was not for everyone. People got up and left storming out of the ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
49
Shows, Shenanigans, Unfocused

See it if you feel the need to see every production of Macbeth or just want to support all-female casts or plays seemingly entirely yelled.

Don't see it if you know nothing of MacBeth since there is no real clear distinction between characters.

Also This "adaptation" (read: heavily cut but with a directorial construct)... Read more Read less

For a previous production
67
Clever, Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if you like the passion of committed amateurish productions with a slightly higher production value or want to see a competent Macbeth.

Don't see it if You're expecting a particularly fresh take, dislike staged violence, or can't understand actors that talk really fast.

Also I'm sure this is what the production was going for, and the young acto... 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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