**** MacBeki has to be [Uys's] most ambitious foray into the body politic yet. ...
a wily comedy, a political satire, a compelling tragedy, rolled into one.
– Adrienne Sichel, Tonight, 7 April 2009
Uys takes his wit and humour to a new and truly fabulous level. ... MacBeki is satirical
social commentary at its best.
– Poppie Mphuthing, The Times, 15 April 2009
MacBeki uses Shakespearean references, urban legends, rumour and poetic licence in
a sweeping Machiavellian ("MacBekivellian" to Uys) narrative about the lust for power
and the ruin it brings the protagonist.
– Percy Zvomuya, Mail & Guardian, 3 April 2009
MacBeki sparkles and fizzes with Uys’ particular satirical genius. This is the first
theatrical rendering in 15 years that directly confronts and exposes those who would
wield enormous power over our lives. And all this in an election year. The relief
at seeing these "remote" figures pilloried and exposed in such a hilarious fashion
is cathartic and downright good for democracy.
With MacBeki, Uys draws together the many strands that contribute to his singular
status as one of the most important, influential and versatile public voices in the
– Marianne Thamm, capetheatre.co.za, 26 February 2009
In MACBEKI , playwright and satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys has dug deeply, searching Shakespeare’s
play to find hidden riches, seams to explore, small, shocking ideas and tiny secrets
that reveal or give away an enormous amount about our own political predicaments.
... When he messes about with the text, there is the immediate excitement of contrasting
energies; and, as the characters move from one intense emotion to another, all manner
of unexpected things are released.
Uys’s unstuffy approach creates a broad, pantomimic atmosphere, filled with breezy
confidence and irreverent gusto. Everything is artfully arranged to give plenty of
laughs and the show has the pulse of real life. Ingenuity such as this is a real
tonic among the alarms and excursions of SA today.
– Mary Jordan, Business Day, 14 April 2009
Uys’s Shakespearean-inspired script airs the country’s dirty laundry with glee, laughing
at the hypocrisy and chiding the inadequacies. When it’s not eliciting a giggle,
or a gasp of shock, Uys’s dialogue is extremely hard-hitting. Kudos to Uys and his
cast for providing some sobering perspectives just ahead of the elections.
– Natalie Bosman, The Citizen, 6 April 2009
Sometimes political situations in this wonderful country of ours really do play out
like dramatic Shakespearean plays with twists and turns, betrayals and love affairs
and in the end it all turns out to be a bit of a joke. Pieter-Dirk Uys has done just
this with MacBeki, making the current South African political divisions hilariously
funny using Shakepeare's famous tragedy, "MacBeth" as the scene and setting. The
plot however is thicker than Shakespeare could ever have imagined. Congratulations
to Mr Uys, it's a true South African beauty.