Already closed | 1h 30m | Brooklyn

Makbet

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Clever

About the show

'Macbeth' in a shipping container? Dzieci Theatre presents a ferocious, liberating ceremony, where every performance is totally unique. More…

Shakespeare’s ageless tale of greed, omens, and foul deeds comes alive with a small band of actors, who each take turns spontaneously trading off parts at the drop of a hat. Featuring haunting folk songs from Eastern Europe and a mere handful of props, Dzieci seeks to explore (and explode) the very nature of theater and storytelling.

1h 30m | Already closed | Sure We Can (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Clever
83
Avg Score

80
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Imaginative, Great staging

See it if you want an adventure. The unusual environment emphasizes the ritual & magic at the center of MacBeth. An unique performance experience

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with Macbeth. The company changes roles using costume pieces to indicate which character they are playing at each moment.

84
Great music/sound, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You are interested in a quintessential off-off Broadway immersive theatre experience. Storage container, recycling facility, vodka - check!

Don't see it if you only like classical Shakespeare productions, don't like Brooklyn or sitting on milk crates. But you'd be missing out.

95
Epic, Edgy, Intense, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You are into experimental, edgy and intense theatre.

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic.

Also Makbet is a deep intense experience. After living Sleep No More I fell... Read more Read less

69
Atmospheric, Confusing, Unique, Disarming, Close-quartered

See it if you like unique playing spaces (a shipping container to house the production & audience), generous small theater companies & u know the plot

Don't see it if you're claustrophobic or a Shakespeare purist. The decision to have actors jump in whenever they wish to take over a role makes it muddy.

60
Great singing, Haunting, Intense, Confusing, Very interactive

See it if you aren't freaked out by interactive theater, sing-alongs in other languages, and know the story of Macbeth well. The characters switch off

Don't see it if The seating is overturned milk crates (v. uncomfortable for 95 minutes); they feed you vodka & sausage & make you sing. It's quite mystical.

Also I still don't really know how I felt about this... You arrive to the s... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Intense, Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You like when classics are performed in unique places and small casts that do a lot. Know Macbeth pretty well and like "old country" music.

Don't see it if You can't deal with actors playing more than one part or when actors interact with audience members.

Also The seats are pretty uncomfortable but the experience is unique so I d... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Must see, Riveting

See it if you are looking for something a bit different. Three actors (aided by 3 musicians) trade off all the roles -- and it works remarkably well.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic or uncomfortable sitting on a milk crate for 90 mins.

80
Intimate, Resonant, Unusual location, Refreshing back-to-basics production

See it if you'd like theater as it once was: a community around a "fire" that relied on words, songs, & imagination (not sets, costumes, celebrities).

Don't see it if you expect a big budget, comfy seats, or consistent accents. You're claustrophobic, sensitive to smells, or not familiar w/the story.

Also MAKBET relies on the core of good theater (i.e., well-crafted words, c... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You don't mind meeting in a shipping container in a recycling plant. And if you're familiar with Macbeth

Don't see it if You do not know the story of Macbeth, or if you're expecting a traditional play. This is highly experimental but it pays off

Also The actors shift effortlessly between roles. It may be confusing if yo... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You want an experience. Pre-show interactions were fun and charming. The actual show was well acted and the acapella singing was dramatic.

Don't see it if You can't sit on a crate for more than an hour. You need everything to be set up and clear. You don't like dim or self-lit lighting.

Also I had fun with this gypsy band of actors. I would see another show the... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you are willing to give yourself over to an experience. You are familiar with Shakespeare's text and open to a no traditional exploration.

Don't see it if you need a literal staging and a comfortable seat.

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to experience theater in a way you perhaps haven't before and enjoy an immersive, intense experience.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy immersive theater, you are not fond of confined spaces.

97
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense, Clever

See it if you want a good time. No, I mean it. That's this entire thing in a nutshell. I don't need to repeat that it's immersive or that it's indie.

Don't see it if you only want traditional interpretations of Macbeth.

Also This isn't immersive theatre; immersive theatre is still an illusion. ... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Enchanting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are an open person who loves a true New York experience and loves Shakespeare in all its glory.

Don't see it if Sitting on a milk crate in a shipping container in a recycling yard in Bushwick does not appeal to you.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You like innovative and creative adaptations of Shakespeare; talented, high-energy actors, and unique, fun audience experiences.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater or the weather is hot (no AC in a shipping container).

Also My husband and I love to see different takes on Shakespeare's works - ... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want solid Shakespeare performed in a non-traditional manner w/Eastern European stylings. You enjoy immersive theatre.

Don't see it if You hate closed-in spaces and/or extended periods of darkness. You dislike immersive theatre. You like traditional Shakespeare w/no add-ins.

Also If you're looking for something a little different, this is for you. T... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if You want a unique immersive experience with great acting and full commitment to entertaining

Don't see it if You are at all claustrophobic, can't sit on a milkcrate for the duration, hate immersive and loud sounds spook you

During previews
75
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Great singing, Great music

See it if you like unconventional stagings of Shakespeare, small casts, and surprisingly excellent acapella music.

Don't see it if you're claustrophobic, or you're a Shakespeare purist

Also The show takes place inside a shipping container inside a junkyard wit... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Absorbing, Intense, Must see

See it if you'd enjoy a communal experience rife with ritual, music, food and drink, and a masterful Macbeth performed in a shipping container

Don't see it if you dislike immersive experiences or confined spaces

During previews
90
Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Riveting, Edgy

See it if you know your McDuff's from your Banquo's and you want a fresh new take on the Bard's classic tragedy - it's a fantastic evening, enjoy!

Don't see it if intense theatre isn't your sort of thing, you struggle with intimate and tight performance spaces, or if you don't know Macbeth at all

Also This new production of Macbeth (or Makbet in the language of the 'Old ... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy style over substance. The concept seems to be this company's only concern, not the text that they're performing.

Don't see it if you don't have a solid grasp of The Scottish Play or want to see actors bring something new or interesting to classic roles.

Also I love this play, but I'm hardly a purist. Adaptations and new concept... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Intense

See it if you know Macbeth pretty well and you want to see a very different, sometimes powerful version of it.

Don't see it if you don't like small spaces or can't sit on a milk crate. Also, if you have social anxiety, DO NOT GET THERE EARLY.

Also I wish they had just done it without the fake accents and the gypsy gi... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Entertaining, Quirky, Immersive

See it if You'd enjoy an evening with Eastern European Shakespearean fortune tellers in a shipping container in a junkyard (uh, recycling center)

Don't see it if You don't like experimental, immersive Shakespeare or Balkan style music, the smell of compost and a close, dark playing space

Also Makbet felt like a real adventure. The players greeted the audience as... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intense, Violent

See it if You're game You like the idea of spitting your troubles into a burning trash barrel You want the Macbeth's punches to shake the walls

Don't see it if You assume Shakespeare is always boring. You think theater is just for watching. Sitting on a milk crate for 1 hr+ would hurt your back.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Epic, Intense, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You like creative, intimate, intense stagings. You're a fan of interpretive physicality, versatile acting, and great ensemble chemistry.

Don't see it if You don't like loud, aggressive interpretations. You aren't familiar with the plot of Macbeth. You're bothered by uncomfortable seating.


September 22nd, 2017
"Left me a little dazed...If sweat is coursing down your body while the air is steadily thickening, you are not in an optimal environment for theatergoing...The ritual of storytelling is built into the staging, with some remarkably lovely movement sequences. But 'Makbet' is vastly more intereste...
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October 2nd, 2017
“For me, the moment of revelation never arrived…The biggest problem, I think, is that, even with these technically skilled performers in charge, this production doesn't offer new insights that would justify its radically simplified approach…The necessary dramatic intensity is never achieved and t...
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September 10th, 2017
"A very fun and inventive staging...An ensemble of pretty incredible actors take turns spontaneously trading off parts at the drop of a hat...It would be difficult to see this telling of 'Macbeth' without a solid knowledge of the true Shakespearean play...Subtlety is not a word I would use for an...
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September 10th, 2017
"You haven’t seen 'Macbeth' until you’ve seen it presented by the Dzieci Theatre...It’s Shakespeare, all right, trimmed to two hours but with all the favorite passages retained. There’s a ritualistic aura about it, enhanced by frequent banging on the container sides and barely ceasing choral moan...
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