No Name Collective's witchy Halloween production of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy explores the power of fantasy, duality of virtue, and the edges of our moral limits. More…
The production, presented in a long and cavernous warehouse, will have a contemporary and other-worldly feel. Its guiding principle is that in tragedy, not everything is controlled by fate. Witches make prophesies, but Macbeth makes decisions. When Lady Macbeth implores the spirits to unsex her, her prayers are answered, conjuring a pivotal transformation. This staging explores what would happen if Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were offered new possibilities. The intention is to question the nature of man and to what extent gender affects the outcome of fate. The production also features an original score with a mix of contemporary rhythmic electronic music and mystical, earthy sounds.
“This particular production reminded me why the works of this playwright continue to be produced frequently...Arguably, the strongest aspect of this production was the way it was staged and its overall ambiance and atmosphere...In terms of the acting, the cast of this production overall was decent...It makes me feel glad I didn’t just stay home watching horror movies on Halloween. Given the long applause at the end of the show, I suspect I’m not alone when I say that.” Full Review
See it if You like reinterpretations of Shakespeare's plays that play with gender and setting
Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist and don't like seeing the text edited and cut down.
See it if You know the story of MacBeth well enough to follow it without much help from the actors. I love Shakespeare and there were times I was lost
Don't see it if You're expecting a completely re-imagined version of MacBeth
See it if You want to support a young theatre company that's just out of acting school. You know someone in the company.
Don't see it if You want a more seasoned theatre company w/the life experience to inhabit their characters & to self-edit company members' contributions.
See it if you like Shakespeare experiments and minimal staging. You don't mind sitting for long stretches in uncomfortable chairs.
Don't see it if An opening "prologue" w/no dialogue lasted 30 minutes. It was insulting to the audience, at least to those who stayed awake.
See it if you know Macbeth well enough you don't need the characters/progression to be clear, or you want to see a confusing mid-play gender swap.
Don't see it if you're looking for high production value.
See it if You're in for a night of bad theater, with confusing character changes and random cuts that don't make sense.
Don't see it if You're looking to see a good production of Macbeth or you're not willing to travel all the way for a night of bad theater.
See it if You want to experience bad theatre at its finest. A hilariously horrible experience. I laughed until I cried. GO SEE THIS SHOW!
Don't see it if You can't find pleasure in the wretched and misguided, and don't want to watch an umbrella fight.
See it if you like new interpretations of Shakespeare, are interested in gender issues, young contemporary companies and theater in found spaces.
Don't see it if you like traditional interpretations of Shakespeare.
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