Maggie 22

New Milford | 50-64 | Female
About:  I'm a director/choreographer of plays, musicals, operas, TV and Film. My interests range from the avant garde to classical and I adore the excitement and passion of live theater! ... Read more Read less
Reviews (48)
93
During previews
Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love Shakespeare, well done and with clarity, up-close and intense by powerful, sure actors! A complicated tale told simply,graphically

Don't see it if Shakespeare bores you, passion and power confrontations bore you, seeing wonderful acting up close bores you

Also John Doyle's production cuts Macbeth down to the essentials of lust fo... Read more Read less

76
Clever, amusing, good cast,cliched, disappointing

See it if You love Wendy Wasserstein & Chris Durang at their silliest, want to see a light family musical, enjoy amusing references other shows

Don't see it if You're looking for a great new musical, sophistication and involving work

Also Wendy Wasserstein had two modes: astute social critic and silliness. U... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Engaging, humorous, abstract, entertaining and great fun

See it if You love AR Gurney, outrageous and entertaining situations and great acting with belly laughs.

Don't see it if You want simple plots, ordinary characters and situations easily understandable

Also This is AR Gurney at his most hilarious and abstract with creative set... Read more Read less

68
Dress of Fire
West Village
Interesting, overly ambitious, disappointing

See it if you are interested in pseudo-greek theater about the lives of the characters in the seige of Troy and seeing young, inexperienced actors

Don't see it if You prefer authenticity and reality in theater as well as more professional level performances

Also Most of the actors seemed extremely inexperienced and the wonderful Au... Read more Read less

98
Yellowman
Brooklyn
Extraordinary writing, incredible acting, great staging, relevant

See it if You like great,spare writing, extraordinary acting, wonderful staging, relevant plays about relationships & the color you are born

Don't see it if don't like visceral plays about relationships and being or great acting and writing and powerful resonance

Also Yellowman was an eye-opening, powerful theatrical experience in the wo... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Exquisite

See it if You like stand up comedy, albeit by a seated puppet, like audience engaging shows, want to laugh and are prepared to take an unusual journey

Don't see it if You want a normal play, don't like stand up comedy, albeit seated, don't like puppets and don't really want to laugh of feel engaged.

Also This was a complete surprise, had no idea what I was going to see, and... Read more Read less

87
Moth & Flame
Upper W Side
Passionate, intensly provocative, riveting and compelling

See it if You lust for passionate theater performed in an intimate setting with grand arguments about art, gender and God, and willing to be consumed

Don't see it if You are impatient, don't like serious plays; serious questions about art,life, gender and God, want a formal theater setting & no challenges

Also This was a huge surprise, a passionate 2-person theater piece performe... Read more Read less

84
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in plays on current topics- shootings in schools, enjoy creative staging and solid acting and willing to let author lead

Don't see it if Looking for profound writing, don’t like Theater that touches current events, straight plays bore you

Also This was an absorbing evening with strong performances and a quirky bu... Read more Read less

95
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Riveting, Riveting, great music & acting, astonishing must see

See it if You love live music, incredibly connected performers, astonishing staging and dancing, moving theater that gets to the very core of life

Don't see it if You don't like folky, rock music, don't want to be surrounded by amazing performers, not interested in vital, moving theater

Also The Bengsons are theatrical treasures who mine their lives to create a... Read more Read less

78
The Cover of Life
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like off-off theater where everyone is trying very hard but not quite there yet, still working to make the play work and women's plays

Don't see it if You are impatient with inexperienced actors who don't project the words well, don't like small dramas and enigmatic scenes

Also In the end, this was very disappointing. The director seemed to have s... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, thought-provoking, entertaining

See it if You liked Dinner With Friends, clear explorations of relationships, good and bad, delving into values and morality, intimate theater

Don't see it if You are looking for Boffo, Socko,don't like straightforward plays with humor and moments that provoke thinking; don't enjoy actors up-close

Also Donald Margulies is a lovely playwright, best known for his Dinner wit... Read more Read less

79
Extreme Whether
East Village
Intelligent, thought provoking, sometimes slow

See it if You are passionate about climate change, saving the world, suspicious of the wealthy and like the wonderful actor George Bartenieff

Don't see it if You don't like a somewhat extended drama with lots of intellectual goals and seriousness of intent

Also The is a very well-intentioned drama about the battles over climate ch... Read more Read less

98
Extraordinary, pitch perfect & astonishing

See it if You care about theater, about language, about GREAT acting, about extraordinary staging and an astonishing script

Don't see it if You don't like theater, great plays and language, passionate performing or absolutely intense and absorbing theater

Also This is absolutely the most extraordinary evening of theater I've seen... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love chekhov or have never met Chekhov and are curious; if you love period acting and immediate, whimsical humor, like strong acting

Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov or aren't interested in the 19th century, don't like vivid staging or immediate acting that takes you away!

Also This is simply marvelous! Having never seen the Russian Theater, this ... Read more Read less

93
The Chekhov Dreams
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You love great,committed acting, literary wit, a fast pace, good dialogue and a surprising tale that has at heart a love of Chekhov!

Don't see it if You don't like emotional tales, a bit of whimsy, and romantic, dreamlike conundrums

Also I adore Chekhov and it paid off as this script has many literate jokes... Read more Read less

80
Constellarium
Soho/Tribeca
Amusing, family theater style, whimsical

See it if Your enjoy sci-fi, like cartoons and audience interaction, want to be pushed to look at our responsibility to our planet and each other,

Don't see it if You are uninterested in imaginative approaches to world topics, aren't interested in family theater or whimsy

Also This is a whimsical approach which might be fun for families with chil... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Counting Sheep
Financial
Powerful, thought-provoking, moving, overwhelming

See it if You want to be absorbed into immersive theater that speaks powerfully today, love extraordinary music, want to go on a mesmerizing journey

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theater, unusual, polyphonic music and are not interested in politics or fights for freedom, need English spoken.

Also This is an extraordinary theatrical adventure, a sound, sight and gust... Read more Read less

99
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Wildly exuberant, hilariously quirky, music theater perfection!

See it if You have a passion for great music, great cast and impeccable direction; love to laugh and enjoy witty, intimate theatrical perfection!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, great casts or drop-dead perfect rhythmic comedy!

Also Run, Run, Run and buy tickets to The York's production of DESPERATE ME... Read more Read less

99
A Brimful of Asha
Midtown W
Absorbing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You like the most absorbing, heart-warming, honest and passionate performances in NY today by two surprising performers, a mother and son;

Don't see it if You want shallow, boring, insignificant, predictible shows!

Also This is a must see- run,don't walk, to get tickets show! Surprising, h... Read more Read less

92
During previews
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Fascinating, funny,a rare,refreshing treat

See it if You like a comedy of manners played out with dispatch and humor! This tale of heartbreak is handled with lovingly accurate period style!

Don't see it if You are only looking for typical fare. A rare treat of high style and humor utilizing the comedy of manners genre, not to be missed!

Also What I loved most about this production was a chance to view a rare co... Read more Read less

97
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You like Powerful, verbally elegant, deeply touching theater that casts a clear light on the world of America today,privilege vs courage!

Don't see it if You don't want to understand what is happening in America today or see a play that will shatter your illusions about race, courage and grace

Also This play is why we create theater, it moved the entire audience and s... Read more Read less

91
Energetic, witty and politically appropriate, americana musical!

See it if You care about politics/Election ; love American period music; love being up-close and intimate with terrific actor/singers; Like Americana

Don't see it if You only like serious work, don't like music, don't like charming wit, hate satire, don't want to have a fun evening, hate male ensembles

Also This is a terrific pastiche, perfect for this election period and has ... Read more Read less

100
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You love OR hate your family;If you have children, if you are married or are NOT married, if you live with a boyfriend/girlfriend

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh, don't have parents or children or lovers, don't like realistic plays...BUT JUST SEE IT!

90
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Funny

See it if You love surprises and ensemble acting and Great, GREAT dancing and an ensemble who light up the stage every time they enter, and families!

Don't see it if You don't like fairy tales and don't believe in Tinker Bell!

96
During previews
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Must see, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You love powerful, thought-provoking, innovative new musical theater in an intimate setting with incredible performers

Don't see it if You don't want to think or be moved by musical theater, aren't interested in scores that resonate and push boundaries, and strong acting

Also Paulette Haupt produces this event every other year, and each year it ... Read more Read less

88
Holy Ghosts
Chelsea
Absorbing, powerful, ensemble acting, entertaining

See it if You like absorbing southern drama, dramatic story telling, great ensemble work, surprises and colorful characters

Don't see it if You don’t like southern, religious genre pieces, slow evolution of storyline or emotional, personal revelations

74
Liliya
Gramercy
Amusing, entertaining, interesting acting, confusing, economy of direction

See it if You enjoy mysterious, abstract and occasionally inventive Theater

Don't see it if You need to understand where a play is going, don’t like absurdist Theater

Also I enjoyed this once I stopped trying to understand it. It is an odd ma... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Intense, absorbing, powerful, must-see

See it if You like powerful, detailed character-driven theater with extraordinary cast and great staging; explores a slice of a musician's life

Don't see it if You don't like powerful, intimate theater, plays that are character driven and detailed, intense playwriting

Also Dominique Morisseau, playwright, has captured the agony and ecstacy of... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You delight in one-man virtuoso performances, are interested in relevant theater, you've never been to National Black Theater, enjoy passion

Don't see it if Not interested in relevant plays that require you to think, respond and empathize; don't want to understand racism and how to fight it

Also This performance was riveting and the performer ranged from wry humor ... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Powerful, compelling, stellar acting, riveting

See it if You love Tennessee Williams, love great acting and marvelous staging, love intimate,powerful theater and an absorbing story

Don't see it if You don't like Tennessee Williams and his vulnerable heroines in a harsh world; don't like strong, intimate acting, hate verbal elegance

Also This is a compelling staging by Jack Cummings III of one of Tennessee ... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy quirky, off-kilter plays with a lot of imagination and with relevant issues presented in an unusual, intimate, entertaining format

Don't see it if You don't like Off-Broadway or broad humor or a playful approach to a tragedy will strong impact in the end; can't climb up 6 flights

Also This is a quirky and often effective piece of theater with one especia... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to laugh, be moved and shaken to your core by brilliant staging, acting and writing, a must see production

Don't see it if You don’t like brilliant straight plays, wish to be unmoved or merely entertained and not asked to think

Also From the first moment of seeing the scintillating set design, spare, e... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You are fascinated by duals of wits and character, want relevant theater and enjoy enduring, impactful drama in an intimate space

Don't see it if Don't like serious plays, thinking bores you, you only like fluff and aren't interested in watching wonderful actors in an intimate setting

Also This is an extraordinary and delicate restaging of a marvelous play by... Read more Read less

92
Powerful, great acting, surprising

See it if You care about the history of AIDs and the Reagan years when it was unacceptable to be gay, let alone HIV Positive; you like good acting

Don't see it if You are impatient; want a story to be fast moving, aren't willing to suspend disbelief and let the author carry you; & don't like gutsy work

Also Rarely have I been as surprised as I was by this play. The author and ... Read more Read less

92
The Signature Project
East Village
Surprising, thought-provoking, uniquely entertaining

See it if You like to be challenged, love art, science and heart felt exploration of the human condition, enjoy unique creativity and are an explorer

Don't see it if You want a standard play or musical, have no patience with creative development of a theme, don't like fringe performances

Also I found this to be an extraordinary entertainment, part art, part scie... Read more Read less

76
The Loneliest Number
Lower E Side
Well acted, well staged, ambitious

See it if You're young or inexperienced and curious about alternative ideas about relationships, marriage and morality, and enjoy off-off theaters

Don't see it if You're sophisticated, have recently seen Edward Albee's brilliant At HomeAt The Zoo, don't like emerging theaters and guess plots easily

Also This is an extremely sincere effort to explore alternatives to monogam... Read more Read less

75
Broad Comedy
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You love female comedy, relevant skits about today's woman's world, snappy songs and enjoy an easy, good time with laughter

Don't see it if you don't like feminist humor, don't believe in women, are skittish about strong, female comediennes, don't want a relaxed good time

Also There is some real talent here and some of the numbers are quite catch... Read more Read less

94
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You like theater that engages, confronts and enlightens you with great acting, quiet but powerful moments and revelations that stay with you

Don't see it if You don't like serious theater or good acting or to be challenged to think and question and understand a nuanced revelation

Also This is a powerful play, powerfully acted and grabs you with a steady,... Read more Read less

89
Fire and Air
East Village
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You are fascinated with Nijinsky & Diaghilev and their relationship, enjoy wonderful acting and beautifully staged productions

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with near-nudity, uninterested in the romantic drama of the Ballet Russe and a time when dance was being reinvented

Also As always at the Classic Stage Co., this production is wonderfully act... Read more Read less

94
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Absorbing, edgy,passionate, riveting, must see

See it if Visceral, passionate, absorbing theater excites you and you wish to take a riveting journey into the soul of a character

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical, light fare, don't wish to become involved and don't like visceral, theatrical theater

Also This is a fascinating study in passion and madness, performed by Ilya ... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Incredible, dizzying, absorbing & amazing

See it if you love indie-rock music, passionately presented, performers full-tilt-boogy IN, & an absorbing, unexpected tale that carries you away!

Don't see it if You don't want to get lost in a passionate presentation, don't like extraordinary music and performers, don't want to take astonishing trips

Also This concert-style drama was so powerful and mesmerizing I wanted it t... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Creative staging, whimsical and charming

See it if Delight in whimsically refreshing approaches to Shakespeare with 3 veteran actors in high form, outstanding young cast in nonstop action.

Don't see it if You don't like new approaches to Shakespeare, don't enjoy witty staging and want only serious theater.

Also This was engaging, nonstop action and Andre De Shields & Cass Morgan w... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want live theater that speaks to today's issues; love exquisitely designed sets and lighting;and embrace creative acting stylizations!

Don't see it if Your aren't interested in what is happening in America today; think theater should only entertain; don't wish to be challenged to think!

Also This revival is marvelously relevant to today's social and political b... Read more Read less

92
Sundown, Yellow Moon
Upper W Side
Compassionate, absorbing and moving

See it if You yearn for theater that moves you, where actors live their roles and the border between theater and life dissolves in compassionate words

Don't see it if You want to sit back and be distant and observe theater as amusing or entertaining, but you don't want to be moved or touched or saddened.

Also This play is so powerfully compassionate it breaks your heart but clea... Read more Read less

92
Passionate, visceral, powerful and thoroughly engaging

See it if You love passionate, fiery acting, shakespeare's relevance to today, engaging captivating intimacy of staging and thought-provoking theater

Don't see it if You don't like powerful theater, or shakespeare, don't like theater in the round, don't want to be moved or provoked to think

Also This was the most astonishing evening of theater I've seen in a long t... Read more Read less

97
Rocking, moving and emotional, wonderfully staged, terrific show

See it if You Like rock and roll; great, up-beat choreography; moving story and relationships; love Carol King; like terrific ensemble actor/singers

Don't see it if You don't like Carol King or the 50s or musicals or great dancing, or if you don't like feel-good musicals.

Also This is so much more than I expected! Don't usually like musicals base... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Original, Profound, Must see, Great staging

See it if You love exciting theater, dance &costumes and want to be enchanted, surprised and very moved and bring children, but it is for all ages!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, enchantment or the best dancing and singing anywhere!

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love family, have a family, love performers who throw their all into their work, love snappy choreography, love great songs & Lyris

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and are essentially cold-hearted.