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THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews

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LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 06:28pm
Under the direction of Jack O'Brien, LCT presents the latest incarnation of THE SCOTTISH PLAY at the Beaumont. Opening TONIGHT. Post reviews here! :)
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broadwaydevil
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joined:2/16/11
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 08:25pm
AM New York is a pan with one star.

Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Lincoln Center Theater is already serving up a giant turkey in the form of Jack O'Brien's bloated, poorly acted and strangely conceived production of "Macbeth" starring Ethan Hawke.

http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/theater-review-macbeth-1-star-1.6476856
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broadwaydevil
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joined:2/16/11
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 08:28pm
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Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 08:31pm
Not looking good for this one, from everything I've already heard to these early reviews.
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broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 08:32pm
Matthew Murray is mostly negative.

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/world/index.html

An epic, then, is reduced to nothing more than a second-rate Twilight Zone–style thriller, requiring the acting to fall to match. Hawke, generally a strong, confident, and masculine actor, parades through scenes as if literally neutered, delivering all his lines with a shambling lifelessness that confirms Macbeth's status as the nonentity the script does not seem to describe. Duff fares a bit better, deploying a crisp, haughty physicality and a supple voice that carry her further than Hawke, but because the Lady is ceded no control over her husband here, her character is likewise superfluous and absent of all the alternately ambitious and pathetic qualities on which the role is usually constructed.
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broadwaydevil
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joined:2/16/11
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 09:17pm
The Hollywood Reporter is a pan

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/macbeth-theater-review-658859

The dramatic temperature of one of Shakespeare's most violent and eventful plays remains tepid in this mishandled Broadway production.

Newsday is also a pan

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/macbeth-review-witches-outshine-ethan-hawke-1.6470795
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broadwaydevil
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joined:2/16/11
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 09:19pm
The Associated Press is positive and will definitely give some nice pull quotes.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/review-hawke-broody-monarch-macbeth-20974301
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RW3
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joined:7/20/13
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 10:42pm
Ouch on most of these
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elphaba.scares.me
Leading Actor
joined:10/23/04
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 10:43pm
Ahem.

It is not called "The Scottish Play." It is called "Macbeth."

Especially since you are, presumably, typing on a keyboard rather than speaking aloud in a theater.

"The Scottish Play" is literally an entirely different play.

PET. PEEVE.
Ed_Mottershead
Broadway Legend
joined:10/20/05
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 10:48pm
Oops!!! Brantley's review is going to kill this. Condolences to everyone involved.
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Dollypop
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joined:5/15/03
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 11:04pm
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
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Play Esq.
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joined:7/10/09
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/21/13 at 11:33pm
"It is not called "The Scottish Play." It is called "Macbeth."

Especially since you are, presumably, typing on a keyboard rather than speaking aloud in a theater. "

Thank you! I can (marginally) understand the concept when said in a theater...but come on, online???
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Patash
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joined:5/27/08
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/22/13 at 08:28am
Well clearly, with this particular production somebody must have accidentally spoken the title aloud in the theatre.
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FindingNamo
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joined:7/22/03
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/22/13 at 08:57am
MacBeth Macbeth MACBETH
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SNAFU
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joined:4/20/04
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/22/13 at 09:15am
Now you've done it!
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Wilmingtom
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/11
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/23/13 at 05:10pm
Just painful. I adore O'Brien, as both a director and human being, but this thing is a hot mess. What in the world was he thinking? Well, no one strikes gold every time out. I do feel badly that this is Duff's introduction to NY audiences. She certainly deserves better. Some of the costumes are fabulous. What they're doing telling this particular story we'll never know. And with two spectacular Shakespeare productions running just down the Rialto a piece, just a complete embarrassment. No doubt they'll all recover, but it will take me a bit of time.
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elphaba.scares.me
Leading Actor
joined:10/23/04
THE SCOTTISH PLAY Reviews
Posted: 11/28/13 at 09:43am
The Macbeth curse is one of those things that gets downright ridiculous.

For the young or new-to-these-parts, it is only considered bad luck to SPEAK the name inside a theater. There is no provision, even among the most superstitious, that you can never use the word in your normal life, walking down the street, or in print.

And there 's our free etiquette lesson for today!