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Macbeth (Teatro Circulo)

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

First Maria Ensemble presents Shakespeare's "Macbeth" performed by a mixed American-Italian company. More…

In this production the entire company will play the Witches, who will become an omnipresent counterpoint to the action. 


2h 0m | Already closed | Teatro Circulo (East Village)

Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent
78
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Riveting

See it if You want a different take on this Shakespearean play. Dark staging, gave the feel of z horror movie.

Don't see it if If you want a bigger, more lavish production.

86
Pictorial, Formal, Great score, Fascinating, Smart

See it if you'd like to experience a fresh take on a familiar tragedy, one that foregrounds & integrates the scenic & sonic elements.

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare traditional.

Also First Maria Ensemble’s “MACBETH” is a fascinating, quirky take on the ... Read more Read less

42
Ambitious, Indulgent, Excruciating, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You enjoy experimental theatre. You like non-traditional interpretations of Shakespeare. You want unique staging.

Don't see it if You want to hear.the natural music of the text rather than an off-beat style w/ too much ambient music. You want a classically trained cast.

Also I'm all for new interpretations of Shakespeare, as long as they make s... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if you'd like a new presentation of Shakespeare's play. It has wonderful staging that brings the tale a refreshing look. Choral singing is good

Don't see it if Shakespeare is not for you - the language is still difficult and it is sometimes rapid-fire. Seating and sightline not the best 4 long play

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy fresh takes on classic plays. This one shakes up Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want to see Shakespeare told in a classic way. This one is extremely imaginative.

93
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Innovative

See it if a truly innovative staging of this great work. Great visuals, accessible language, use of music and song

Don't see it if you only want your Shakespeare told as a "straight" play performed exactly as it was written.

Also My high grade is for the production which is extremely innovative whil... Read more Read less

75
Weird, Great writing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to see MacBeth. There were a few scenes that were really well done. Most of it was kind of boring and weird.

Don't see it if You have a Spandex allergy. The costumes and staging were really weird (in a bad way).

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like bold and innovative performances that strive for greatness. A faithful version with a unique take on the staging of the play.

Don't see it if You like more traditional staging and costuming. Do not want music to play a major role. Prefer nuanced and subtle performances.

Also The play uses spandex effects and chanting and drums to create ghostly... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy

See it if a different way of presenting Shakespeare would be of interest to you

Don't see it if if you like big productions in a comfortable venue.

Also Actors were all very good, especially T. Colton as Macbeth.

78
Ambitious

See it if You're open to a darker, theatrical presentation of Macbeth with song, chant, Kabuki masks and witches as a focal point.

Don't see it if You would dislike experimental Sheakespeare in black box, with both exceptional and weaker acting, and odd casting.

Also The actor playing Macbeth, though talented, shouts, all of his lines. ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You enjoy a tremendous production staged cleverly with excellent acting. A great job with a great Shakespeare Play!

Don't see it if You do not enjoy Shakespeare.

65
Disappointing, Indulgent, Oddly designed, Amateurish, Simple

See it if you find the art for the show extremely engaging. (That is what it mostly looks like.) The language is spoken evenly. It's adequate. Boring.

Don't see it if you are well-versed in Macbeth productions and like the intensity, sexuality, and violence that can create edgy, awesome interpretations.

95
One of the best versions i've ever seen. the staging, and what that means for the 3 sisters presence, is genius.

See it if You like Shakespeare and are open to interpreting the text in ways that might not have been possible in his time.

Don't see it if You are looking for a full blown Broadway musical.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of Shakespeare's Scottish play. The acting was powerful. The staging was interesting--reminiscent of a horror film.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to watch Macbeth in it's entirety.

40
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Excruciating, Doesn't work

See it if you like experimental theater, having the cast singing Shakespeare's lines while writhing inside a fiber tube.

Don't see it if you prefer a more polished production.

Also The concept of focusing on the witches was intriguing, but the staging... Read more Read less

68
Great score, Ambitious, Uneven, Good concept, Clever

See it if You want to support a new theatre ensemble as they navigate their way through some very ambitious work in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You long for cohesive even direction and acting.

Also This production of The First Maria Ensemble is truly a testament to am... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Clever, Edgy, Great scoring, Classic

See it if you're up for an avant-garde rendition of Macbeth.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something more traditionally classical.

Also I think that Shakespeare works best when done with very little spectac... Read more Read less

78
Refreshing, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You'd like to see a small-scale Shakespeare production that uses innovative visuals and music.

Don't see it if You haven't seen more traditional versions of Macbeth before.

79
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if If you are a Shakespeare fan and also open to a different take on this classic

Don't see it if You cannot follow Shakespeare text or if like your plays staged in a traditional manner.

80
Absorbing, Classic, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like Shakespeare and don't mind staging variations to classic plays.

Don't see it if You are looking for something that looks like a traditional Shakespeare play or don't like mild discomfort.

87
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like great staging and are looking for a different take on a story you might know well. You don't mind sitting through a long play.

Don't see it if you're looking for classical Shakespeare staging, you don't like experimental and innovative plays.

77
Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Innovative, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Shakespeare and are curious to see new and creative presentations of his work. And love having a musical ingredient added.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to put in the work to see and follow a Shakespeare play or are a purist who gets upset with experimentation.

Also The use of musical elements, the staging, and the sets are unusual and... Read more Read less


December 21st, 2018
“A bit of a letdown...Directed by Moratti, who also plays a magnificent Lady Macbeth, this ‘Macbeth’ focused on the occult, and an ambitious and wounded couple’s willingness to delve into the underworld...The most compelling component...is Toni’s costumes and set...There were some notable perform...
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December 18th, 2018
“Moratti’s interpretation makes it difficult to engage with the text...The conceit of the production is interesting enough...But ultimately the dynamics end there...It becomes muddled and confusing when actors playing mid-to-minor characters change roles...The text is edited well..The energy of t...
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December 9th, 2018
"Lines are blurred between truth and fake news, leadership and tyranny, and this production shines with an earnest honesty to interrogate Shakespeare’s classic text in a way that can only be driven by our modern time’s aggrandization of the self in an increasingly isolating world. While the cast ...
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