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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
69
Creative staging, Left me cold, Takes alot of liberty, Different, Interesting

See it if you have to see each and every modernized production of MacBeth & are totally familiar with the complex plot (they change a lot here)

Don't see it if you just can't wrap your head around violent, amoral teen girls in these roles-high voices, school uniforms, cell phones & red cups

Also MacBeth is one of my very favorite WS plays & so I had a hard time wit... Read more Read less

For a previous production
71
Quirky, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if MacBeth as told by schoolgirls driven to madness by intensity of plot and language - an interesting take that feels like a gimmick stretched

Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare pure and constant yelling can be very distracting

For a previous production
85
Riveting, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you don’t need a lot of context for what you are seeing and can handle Shakespeare’s dialogue.

Don't see it if You don’t know Macbeth that well, are not a fan of theater that doesn’t spell it al out for you

For a previous production
39
Incoherent, Stunts, Funny, Try hard, Confusing

See it if You're a Shakespearean scholar because otherwise you'll be pretty confused. Or if you want to see an all female cast of youths.

Don't see it if You want to see a version of Macbeth that is coherent. There was a lot of text cut out and other random bits left in.

Also I've seen a lot of productions of Macbeth (even the one where Alan Cum... Read more Read less

For a previous production
82
Powerful, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You are open to innovate approaches to Shakespeare. You want to see 7 talented young actresses.

Don't see it if You are rigid about textual editing in your Bard plays.You can't imagine teen-age girls acting the part of Scotch Thanes of the 12th century

Also The conceit of the production: teen girls after school putting on MacB... Read more Read less

For a previous production
74
Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You are young and appreciate modern interpretation of Shakespeare

Don't see it if If playing with a great classic disturbs you

For a previous production
75
Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an all-female modern interpretation of MacBeth.

Don't see it if You want to see a staging of MacBeth without additional elements from modern times. You are affected by blood on stage.

For a previous production
90
Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want great acting mixed with a healthy dose of macabre humor that is unlike anything you've seen.

Don't see it if bloody tampons, dead babies or same sex kissing offend you.

For a previous production
97
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like fresh takes on classics. You can understand Shakespearean language. You aren’t offended by violence.

Don't see it if You insist on traditional unabridged Shakespeare.

Also This has become on of my favorite productions of Macbeth - a show I’ve... Read more Read less

For a previous production
80
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Actresses are so young, yet talented.. give Shakespeare’s words justice. Smart directing and staging with surprises; solute to lady Macbeth!

Don't see it if you mind blind casting (high-school party girls portraying all characters); you’re a Shakespeare purist; the ending is a bit confusing;

For a previous production
75
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy unconventional takes on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You only want to see unabridged, traditional versions of Shakespeare

For a previous production
76
Violent, Confusing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want a different and interesting take on Macbeth with an energetic and talented all female cast and an interesting concept for the play.

Don't see it if If you have never seen Macbeth I would not recommend this take. The concept is interesting but at times cost the play some of its power.

Also I think the dynamic between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is the play. The ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
74
Clever, Wild, Gory, Quirky, Gender-bending

See it if you are a Scottish play fan and want to see a kitschy and wild interpretation. Solid acting. Girls can be cruel and sick!

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist or don't like Shakespeare at all. Not for those who can't handle blood and gore - there is plenty. Screaming!

For a previous production
74
A walking shadow of a promising conceit, Double double hits a double, Mac mean girls, Signifying nothing, Cries of women

See it if well-performed Shakespeare by talented young women is enough.

Don't see it if you have little patience with a cool concept that ends up offering some sly laughs but no insights into school girl culture or the play.

For a previous production
94
Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, For the shakespeare lover

See it if If you go w/the concept, you'll be fully rewarded. These actresses do superb job of making Bard accessible & riveting; they're physical/NEW!

Don't see it if You cant let go of seeing cast of female schoolmates performing or want your M done standard form. Every actor should see this & take notes~

For a previous production
90
Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like takes on Shakespeare.. if you like great conceptual theatre...and seeing wonderful young talent... I LOVED this

Don't see it if you insist on every word of Shakespeare being there...if you're particularly squeamish...if you aren't willing to growth a very bold take

For a previous production
91
Edgy, Must see, Riveting, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You like deconstruction of Shakespeare OR if you’re a horror genre fan - so many clever homages throughout. Lady macBeth was STELLAR

Don't see it if If you just can’t abide Shakespeare at all. If you can’t abide anything being altered about Shakespeare

For a previous production
92
Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see an extraordinary vision of Macbeth and enjoy terrific acting. Schmidt's direction and adaption exceptional. Dangerous girls.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a new adaption of Shakespeare.

Also All the actors were wonderful, with Ismenia Mendes truly impressive. T... Read more Read less

For a previous production
65
Not scary not funny just young

See it if You’d like to introduce young people to a non-traditional Shakespearean production. You already know the story well. Comfortable seating.

Don't see it if The inspirations for this production are female power turning malevolent. Female actors in male roles turning Shakespearean theatre

Also tradition on its head. And actors playing several roles. All of these ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
92
Must see, Kooky, Indulgent, Hilarious, Dizzying

See it if you're tired of the usual ho-hum tragedy and want to see something....different. It has some truly fascinating performances.

Don't see it if you're set on seeing MACBETH. This is decidedly its own entirely new piece.

Also Is this camp? Is this a misguided drama that just fell off the rails i... Read more Read less

For a previous production
65
Splashy, Rowdy, Declamatory, Disappointing, Streamlined

See it if you're easily won over by the technical wizardry involved with reproducing a lengthy rainstorm onstage.

Don't see it if you assume all-female cast means new insights into the characters. Despite the gender swap, the interpretations here are fairly traditional.

Also Memorable Line: "Here’s the smell of the blood still."

For a previous production
75
Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if interested in a creative, hip interpretation of the Scottish Play

Don't see it if unable to do your homework and reacquaint yourself with the play

Also Much of the fun here is deciphering the clever departures from a class... Read more Read less

For a previous production
40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You like to support young actresses in a rendition of a play which is very amateurish and confusing.

Don't see it if You want to see classic Shakespeare. This doesn't even approach it.

For a previous production
90
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to learn that the horrible consequences of Macbeth"s ambition are not limited to him and his time..you want a smart production.

Don't see it if you have not read the play or you want to keep your language simple.

For a previous production
80
Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are a fan of the classic play and want to see a twist in it. Enjoy seeing females in roles that have been off limits to them in the past

Don't see it if Lots of fake blood annoys you or you can’t see any changes of place/setting in the Bard’s work.


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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