The Seeing Place offers a modern-dress, intermissionless account of Shakespeare's nasty, brutish and short Scottish tragedy, about a regicidal lord and the wicked women who goad him on. Brandon Walker directs.
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Saw this show on a whim... excellent acting and direction. As someone who NEVER likes Shakespeare I was amazed at how well I understood everything! That's how you know the actors are doing their job. wonderful use of lighting and the space as well!
This phenomenal interpretation of MacBeth makes the play both engaging and accessible. The cast does not miss a beat in this (literally) nonstop performance- bravo to the Seeing Place Theater for making what's old new again!
A very humanized MacBeth and Lady. I was surprised to
find myself weeping as they struggled with coming to grips with having
done the deed. A fully committed and compelling cast brings the world
and drama to life. After seeing several MacBeths through the years, this
is the first time it truly felt like a tragedy.
A stark examination of how violence affects the violent.
I have never seen actors as committed and powerful as I saw in tonight's production of Macbeth at The Seeing Place. They exude integrity. It's a beautiful production that really refreshes the work. If you need some motivation, a nice solid kick in the tukus, go see them play. These guys should be rich—and they are—they're positively loaded with talent and power.
This was my second time at a Seeing Place performance and it was well worth the trip. This company always gives their all so it was surprising that the theater was not full. Everyone that can scrounge up $15 would be well served to go see The Seeing Place group perform Macbeth.
Hi guys, I'm the black dude with a beard and glasses, second row Saturday night. And I wanted to leave a review because I really enjoyed the play Macbeth and I wanted to share my experience.
Let me tell you, the lead in Macbeth played by Brandon Walker...I immediately said to myself, what a scoundrel. Now this guy I immediately knew he was the type to slit a man's throat in his sleep. If he had his hands full of groceries, and was trying to get into my building, I'd let the door slam on him. He just came off to me as a real scumbag.
And half way through the play it just dawned on me. Like a light bulb popped over my head. Maybe this guy doesn't naturally have a low sloping brow, and evil snake like eyes. Maybe he's just ACTING. And it was at that moment I realized, wow this play is really really good.
The stagecraft was genius in its simplification. Like a burlap bag with a head in it. Spoiler: there are a bunch of grisly murders. And the music playing like a soundtrack I started to notice really heightened the emotions of each scene. I came to rely upon it to cue me so I wasn't struggling so much to find understanding in the old English. Between the acting, staging, and music, it all made sense to me. Really for the first time ever. It was like I was tasting a delicacy and instead of spitting it out, I was savoring it.
And about the old English, an interesting thing happened to me. I heard about 50 or so little poetic phrases that could be on a coffee mug, or t-shirt, that were very tweetable. Stop it spell check, yes I meant to say tweetable. And I'd need to go back and read the play because the next time I want to be a total smart-ass, I I want some Shakespeare to pull out of my pocket. I'd have to see the play again with a pen and notepad to catch all of the little quotables.
But for example, there are a bunch of references about equivocation. And maybe it's because the word equivocation is very modern that it really stuck to my ear. Or maybe the actors really wanted the audience to here it. But there was a joke about getting drunk to have the courage to sleep with a woman, and then while in a state of inebriation the man suffers from Whisky "D". And the "d" stands for performance deficiency.
And I think it's like a paradox but that word hadn't been invented yet. Like if your courage is based on lie then you will end up with sexual dysfunction. Wow, down a rabbit hole there. But the point is that it all made sense in real time. Like for the first time I got the joke and how it relates in a complex Freudian maze of allegory and metaphor.
So I give the play five out of five stars. And would also like to give an imaginary sixth star for the company mission statement of a $15 ticket price. And I think if compared to a movie ticket one could say why not support theater? And that is why I am writing this review because I think comparing Macbeth to the new Star Wars movie is fair game. Why? Because it is a competition between entertainment, what marketing calls eyeballs.
And I can tell you as a die hard Star Wars fan if you are into epic dramas, and rebel forces, and fascist Space Lords. You will enjoy this version of Macbeth. It is set in a far off place long ago, and they speak in weird space talk like a Wookie. Yes spell check I meant Wookie.
The point is that I think Brandon Walker as Macbeth was phenomenal. He was sweating profusely several times during the performance, and he didn't mind the spittle flying either. This guy was like watching a great athlete and marveling at their prowess. Or a stringed virtuoso and finding delight in their fingers.
So I challenged you to be a real New Yorker. We live to find these hidden gems right? Go see the play and be thoroughly entertained!
Do you find Macbeth and Lady Macbeth difficult to understand? This production enhances certain elements of their characters, which helps to make them much more comprehensible. Kudos!