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Macbeth (Seeing Place Theater)

Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Masterful
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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12 reviews
 

The Seeing Place Theater presents a streamlined, modernized mounting of Shakespeare's iconic tragedy.... Read more

On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. And so begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers, and their children. Macbeth and his Lady fall prey to soul-corroding guilt as they desperately cling to the defiled crown. This production features clear text and modern dress to help audiences connect the play’s striking relevance to our contemporary world.

 


Reviews (14)

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84
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Upstage-Downstage

"As an actor, Walker is perfectly suited to this role...Cronican gives us a quieter, more naturalistic Lady Macbeth…The rest of the cast, a mix of Equity and non-Equity actors, does not always mesh in tone, and sometimes the speed of the line readings results in a lack of clarity, but overall this is a strikingly contemporary take on 'the Scottish play' that captures the mood of the country right now and proves once again that Shakespeare's voice is one to be reckoned with for all times." Full Review

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More Than The Play Blog

"Director Brandon Walker has a clear vision and insightful understanding of this play. His bare-bones, modern-dress approach intensifies the choices made by the main characters and magnifies the effects their actions have on their senses of self...Together Walker and Cronican are riveting...The ensemble is equally commanding...It is a seamless and fast-paced production. Be sure to see it!" Full Review

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77
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82
Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if a very well done performance; actor are very convincing, especially the leads; makes great use of a small space

Don't see it if you are not a Shakespeare fan; runs almost 2 hours without an intermission

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Great acting, Intelligent, Relatable

See it if You are interested in a Macbeth and Lady Macbeth whose motivations are actually understandable.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate intimate productions or those that are not fully staged.

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Ambitious, Inventive, Fine acting, Great staging & direction, Great stage design & lights

See it if you'd appreciate an up close, modern & wonderfully staged and realized production of the Scottish Play, with fine if uneven performances.

Don't see it if you need period costumes, sets & prosceniums, don't like actors too close to you or like your Shakespeare with needless British accents.

Also Remarkably well staged & directed by its founders, The Seeing Place Th... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you enjoy this Shakespearean standard in an intimate theatre facilitating understanding Elizabethan dialog and resonance with contemporaries

Don't see it if you can't stay awake in overheated theatre for 2.5 hours dialogue, little action, no intermission;would benefit from prop Bentham wood moved

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Great lighting, Minimal staging

See it if you are familiar with Macbeth and want to see an intimate well-performed but lowkey production that focuses on the main themes of the play.

Don't see it if you have never read Macbeth. The lines are not easy and heavily symbolic, and some of the speeches were rushed and difficult to understand.

Also The play runs almost two hours with no intermission; it definitely fel... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and a play with very complex and interesting characters

Don't see it if You're easily confused or don't like Shakespeare

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Intriguing

See it if you like alternative takes on Shakespearean characters and motivations, or productions that highlight the folk-magic aspects of his work.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy modernizations of the bard, or need your updates to be very specific in time and place.

Also If you are die-hard Shakespeare fan, part of the fun of watching any p... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like seeing fine acting by the leads and an untrimmed Macbeth.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that is set, non-stop, on "fast"

Also This version of Macbeth was able to deliver the whole play in about tw... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you're a huge Shakespeare fan and want every opportunity to drink up the Bard's work.

Don't see it if you like imagination behind the text. The actors often rushed through their text a if it were an annoyance to be spoken.

92
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love Shakespeare. You like good acting without a lot of whistles and bells. It was extremely well acted--a labor of love!

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. There is no intermission and the play is over two hours long.

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if Great acting, dynamic staging, comtemporized Shakespeare, strong ensemble work in an intimate setting is your thing.

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare over acted with studied wooden performances.

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Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to support a small theatre group that has a lot of potential.

Don't see it if You're looking for a clear directorial vision or actors connecting in the same play.

Also Lots of talent that was misused and not directed. Wasn't very polished... Read more Read less