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Macbeth Muet

Members say: Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful
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Critics
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7 reviews
Members
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18 reviews
 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This textless, two-actor adaptation of Shakespeare's classic draws on silent cinema and Grand Guignol traditions.

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Shakespeare's murderous couple cordially invite you to witness a hyper-speed rendition of their gruesome story, told entirely without words. Kings will die, nature itself will be twisted, and funny silent-film gestures will be made.

 


Reviews (25)

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86
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

"There is no dialogue in this inventive and oxygenating tiny-cast retelling of 'Macbeth'...Sent me back onto the street refreshed, energized and pretty charmed as well...What’s unexpected, and impressive, is the social and emotional acuity of this variation on Shakespeare’s play...Comic or tender at one instant, brutal or woeful the next...What rescues the show from mere cleverness is its overarching vision, made vivid in a final tableau that would be a spoiler to describe." Full Review

95
Now Toronto

for a previous production “One the most imaginative shows I’ve ever seen at the Fringe…A brilliant alternative presentation of Shakespeare’s play told through physical theatre and the manipulation of everyday objects...When playing the Macbeths, performers Prévost and Francoeur are as impressive as the best young classical actors…The show is filled with laughter, not at any foolishness but because of the continually amazing inventiveness of the performers in creating powerful imagery from such ordinary objects.” Full Review

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CBC.ca

for a previous production “The promise, it seems, is that things are about to get messy—and they do, with crowd-pleasing results in this inventive comedic take on 'Macbeth'…Shakespeare by way of Looney Tunes—a wordless retelling of Shakespeare's dark story of murder and ambition…The mayhem is backed by an impeccably assembled soundtrack…It all gets quite silly—there will be blood, friends—but it's also surprisingly touching at points…Frenetic and fun and ingenious, ‘Macbeth Muet’ is killer theatre.” Full Review

90
Winnipeg Free Press

for a previous production "No dialogue is spoken, but you can’t take your eyes off Montreal actors Prévost and Francoeur as they enact Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy...The actors manage to embellish Shakespeare’s text with back story...And while the props and contemporary music cues glaze the proceedings with a flavorful meringue of comedy, the performers still facilitate an icy chill of horror...This is a display of sheer theatrical invention, certainly a must-see on your fringe menu." Full Review

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My Entertainment World

for a previous production “An extraordinary piece of work, a showcase of intense creativity and bold, thoughtful interpretation…It features nuanced takes on the characters and breathtaking silent performances…In 50 minutes...La Fille Du Laitier communicates a far more precise and personal vision of ‘Macbeth’ than most 3-hour productions I’ve seen..The theatrical flair and remarkable insight of co-creator/director/sound designer Jon Lachlan Stewart’s production blew my mind at every turn.” Full Review

85
Mooney On Theatre

for a previous production “A bloody mess, but it’s a bloody good mess…It’s a fun, wacky, smart sight to see…The shape-shifting medley of sound effects and music is wonderfully dramatic...The comprehensive sound design guides the show and gives the narrative a structure that, without spoken words, is still easy to follow…The small-but-mighty cast maintained an excellent energy throughout the performance. They had natural chemistry…A lively, liberated rendition of Shakespeare’s tragedy.” Full Review

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apt613.ca

for a previous production “Well-crafted silliness…Don’t come expecting profound insights into The Scottish Play…This isn’t ‘Macbeth’ for Beginners…The passion between these lovers is one of the strengths of ‘Macbeth Muet.’ Another strength is the delightfully creative (and cheap) design choices that festoon the stage…More silliness than laugh out loud comedy. This is a light-hearted pastiche. Shakespeare would probably approve…If you just need some fun, go see ‘Macbeth Muet.’” Full Review

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88
Avg Score

79
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see something totally different - an imaginative recap of Macbeth with two talented actors who can convey the story w/o speaking

Don't see it if not in the mood for silliness or might feel squeamish seeing (fake) blood.

Also I found this play to be clever and entertaining. The acting was very g... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Epic, Masterful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You enjoy re-imaginations of classic plays. You like puppetry/mime-inspired pieces.

Don't see it if You want a huge spectacle. You aren't familiar with Macbeth. You don't like experimental staging.

82
Creative, Entertaining, Clever and fun, Great fringe fest offering

See it if You'd enjoy seeing a quirky adapt of WS, like madcap & inventive staging, are up for a crazy experience.

Don't see it if U need yr Shkspre pure, don't know anything about Macbeth (read up b4!), are overly squeamish, don't like nutty puppetry or fringe-y shows.

Also This is a very enjoyable and clever show, performed by energetic actor... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Clever, Engrossing, Well staged/acted, Great audio/lighting

See it if you enjoy creativity. This silent Macbeth is highly imaginative & will give you new appreciation of the plot. Highly engaging; truly funny.

Don't see it if you don't know the play (just read a synopsis beforehand and GO). Both Canadian actors are strong; Clara Prevost is impossibly beautiful.

Also In just under an hour, you will experience all the highlights of the S... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a small quirky production that is so engaging and creative despite having a small budget

Don't see it if you dislike shows without dialogue, are looking for a big budget production, have no interest in weird Shakespeare adaptations

85
Clever, Edgy, Epic, Quirky, Gooey

See it if Startling, ingenious physical theater -- no spoken words. The stage is covered in smashed eggs and fake blood by the end.

Don't see it if You don't like physical theater. No prior knowledge of MacBeth is needed, but it might help to read a plot summary.

91
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want some fun, good old fashioned childish fun!!

Don't see it if You're a hard core Shakespeare purist.

91
Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want non-traditional version of Macbeth inspired by silent films. You enjoy puppetry. You enjoy imaginative plays.

Don't see it if You want traditional Shakespeare. You don't like puppetry.

Also This is the essence of fringe: high on imagination w/ a low budget. Un... Read more Read less

94
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you're up for 45 minutes of an exhilarating retelling of Macbeth. It helps to have an idea of the plot, but the actors do provide clues.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare with big casts (Where are the witches?), costumes, scenery, dialogue. There is much blood, befitting a tragedy.

Also What a clever concept, beautifully executed (and there's a good pun) b... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Satisfying, Perfect fringe

See it if you want the best of fringe theater. Great for casual Shakespeare readers & Shakespeare snobs alike. Maybe especially for snobs.

Don't see it if you only like big budget shows; you've never read/seen Macbeth. Some familiarity w/ the play is a must. The more you know the better it is.

Also Hooks you fast! 3 seconds in I already knew I loved this show, and it ... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Edgy, Enchanting, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare with a twist. Smart and funny and brilliantly executed, this show is well worth it!

Don't see it if You don't know Macbeth, because it's a truncated version of the play, going in with an understanding of what is happening is important.

90
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are tired of pretentious theater and want a total refreshing view of it can be done with little resources and lots of imagination.

Don't see it if you want to "hear" Shakespeare, or if you want to see high production values.

95
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You are familiar with the story of Macbeth, enjoy physical theatre or clown and can appreciate a creative lens on a classic story.

Don't see it if You're a purist Shakespeare nut who needs language or can't appreciate story without a Broadway production value.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare that has been modified in a way never seen before.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing plays without words or experimental theatre.

Also Incredible theatre, I loved every second of it. And you didn't even kn... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love clever small productions and using your imaginations to fill in the blanks. Extremely talented cast made Macbeth funny effortlessly

Don't see it if You prefer a refined and elaborate spetacle. This is Macbeth in raw, super speed comedy form. No time wasted and extra hilarious. Go see it!

Also We literally just came back from the show and couldn't wait to put dow... Read more Read less

72
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like weird shows. You enjoy the art of expression. You like mimes.

Don't see it if You can't handle broken eggs.

78
Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a creative, different show. (Make sure you remember Macbeth's plot).

Don't see it if you don't like small shows in small stages. If you are afraid of getting dirty with an egg or fake blood.

95
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Quirky

See it if You want a hilarious yet poignant distillation of Macbeth.

Don't see it if You don't know the story of Macbeth, want a traditional theater experience, or don't like set pieces set to music.

Also This duo does an amazing job distilling the essence of Macbeth into 45... Read more Read less