Macbeth (2013) BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 21, 2013
Closing:
July 14, 2013

Theater: Ethel Barrymore / 243 West 47th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Direct from acclaimed, sold-out engagements at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival, Tony and Olivier Award winner ("Cabaret") and two-time Emmy nominee ("The Good Wife") Alan Cumming returns to Broadway this spring in a thrilling one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedy, Macbeth. This Macbeth is set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit. Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself. Closed circuit television cameras watch the patient's every move as the walls of the psychiatric ward come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience of Shakespeare's notorious tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Macbeth (2013)

    One Mad Power Grab, Many Dramatic Roles

    Charles Isherwood

    April 21, 2013: In others ways, however, the production, from the National Theater of Scotland, lays on the macabre trappings thickly. The cello-heavy music by Max Richter adds ominous underscoring. Three video monitors hanging above the stage flash black-and-white videos (drawn from security cameras swiveling about like snakes) to magnify Mr. Cumming’s face as his features transform themselves, signifying a transition between two characters. Banquo’s ghost causes a jolt of terror by stalking onstage wearing a full-face leather mask, his corporeality all the more striking since we seem to be in the realm of one man’s “horrible imaginings.”

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Macbeth (2013)

    Alan Cumming’s 1-man ‘Macbeth’ stunningly redefines the concept of tour-de-force

    Associated Press

    April 21, 2013: It’s hard enough for a couple to simulate sex onstage in front of 1,000 people. Now put them in a Shakespeare tragedy. OK, now to make it really hard: Remove one of the actors.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Macbeth (2013)

    Legit Review: Macbeth

    Mark Fisher

    April 21, 2013: “Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased?” cries Macbeth, when told of his wife’s worsening mental health. The answer is no, and in this radical one-man re-imagining of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, the illness is more widespread still. Arriving in a foreboding psychiatric unit, seemingly after some violent breakdown, Alan Cumming plays a man possessed by every character in “Macbeth.” In a sad, emotionally draining and bravura perf, he makes it seem as if every psychosis and hallucination in the play is an expression of one man’s fragile state of mind.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Macbeth (2013)

    STAGE REVIEW: Macbeth

    Entertainment Weekly

    April 21, 2013: The act of reinterpreting the Shakespearean canon has become as traditional as the plays themselves. But you will never see a Macbeth quite like the virtually one-man version that Scottish actor Alan Cumming is performing through June 30 on Broadway (following engagements at the National Theatre of Scotland and NYC’s Lincoln Center Theater).

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Macbeth (2013)

    Macbeth: Theater Review

    David Rooney

    April 21, 2013: Alan Cumming puts a daring new spin on Shakespeare's tragedy, shifting its focus from the cost of ambition to the harrowing imprisonment of madness.

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