Margaret 3

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  I am a professional actress/singer who has done straight plays, musicals, and opera, both in New York and regionally.
Reviews (192)
85
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a delightful actress in a deliciously written true story with creative staging and actors skillfully playing multiple roles

Don't see it if you hate baseball and don't like race as even secondary subject matter.

30
Distorted, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you know "Little Women" and consider it hopelessly dated and in need of re-writing.

Don't see it if you know "Little Women" , love it, and think it is a classic because it has characters and situations that are universal & timeless.

Also We are in the middle of an epidemic of "adaptations" in which we are g... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you enjoy the Mint Theater's usual level of fine acting and you love Irish plays, even when the play is uneven and the outcome a letdown.

Don't see it if you only like upbeat plays and happy endings!

Also I don't think I heard or understood more than 5% of what Jesse Penning... Read more Read less

89
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want an evening of sheer entertainment, constant laughs, and a sublimely talented cast just doing old fashioned musical comedy!

Don't see it if you hate slapstick even when brilliantly executed or if you only like serious, profound plays.

92
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love Irish writers in general and O'Casey in particular, especially with a spectacularly skillful cast of actors.

Don't see it if you only like musicals or comedies and you don't like Irish accents.

50
Politically correct, Annoying, Quirky, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are so into our Me Too moment that it overrides all other rights & if you believe forbidding male misbehavior on paper will stop it cold

Don't see it if you understand that at this moment our "antiquated" Constitution is the only thing standing between us and chaos!

Also I am sorry that Ms. Schreck's family background included so much male ... Read more Read less

75
Uneven, Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a splendid performance by Santino Fontana and a reasonably funny entertaining musical version of the much superior film.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or you only like musicals with melodic old-fashioned songs or if you have a low threshold for far-fetched events.

Also Also a hilarious performance by Reg Rogers in perhaps the most origina... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Too long, Slow, Great acting

See it if a brilliant performance by Michael Stuhlbarg plus an intelligent take on the methods of Socrates can make up for excessive length.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a slow, very long play that is totally cerebral and requires intense listening.

79
Great staging, Wildly original, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are willing to suspend all of your usual expectations and just enjoy something incredibly "off the wall".

Don't see it if you're not able to appreciate the sheer audacity of something wildly original .

93
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if if you want to see some of the most brilliant performances of the decade in an absolutely stunning directorial conception.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays no matter how good.

70
Bumpy, Confusing, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like John Guare and John Larroquette and are willing to stay with the play through confusing sections to see where it's going.

Don't see it if you don't like confusing plays and don't have the patience to sit through scenes that seem meaningless.

50
During previews
Unnecessary, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Too long

See it if you want to see everything Glenda Jackson does (or the great John Douglas Thompson) or you like to see EVERY version of "King Lear".

Don't see it if you don't want to endure an endless evening filled with many tasteless, tacky directorial choices.

Also Glenda Jackson handles the text with great skill, as you would expect,... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Repetitive, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if you love Fugard and want to see everything he wrote and you can appreciate great acting even in a play that is "lesser Fugard".

Don't see it if you don't want to be depressed. This play is absolutely a relentless "downer"!

80
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see two fabulous actors demonstrate their extraordinary technique in two different monologues that fit together perfectly.

Don't see it if you only like happy plays and don't like depressing material.

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing old plays brought to new life in beautiful productions, with fine acting and direction, though seemingly dated issues

Don't see it if you only like contemporary plays and are not interested in issues of another period that MIGHT actually have relevance to our own.

Also "A Man for All Seasons" is playing in another theater in the same comp... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy seeing two fine actors in relentless. and yet frequently hilarious conflict with each other.

Don't see it if you don't like being confused some of the time or you don't like Sam Shepard even in this, the least baffling of his plays.

90
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great score, Entertaining

See it if you love Sondheim & the amazing Fiasco Theater! The skill level of this cast is dazzling, as is the imagination of this version.

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim, musicals in general, or new production ideas.

Also Fabulous set!

79
Great singing, Great dancing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you want to see fabulous, exciting musical numbers, interesting characters and situation, even if the plot is sometimes a bit muddled.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or plays about gay issues.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love plays set in Ireland and you want to see wonderful actors tell an interesting, complicated, sometimes confusing, story even if long

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for long, sometimes self-indulgent plays (3 hours plus) and you have trouble with Irish accents.

Also I especially enjoyed the huge cast - especially the delightful childre... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can enjoy a satire about a high- achieving black woman who has become a success at the expense of her values & how she finds them again.

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious play as profound as Nottage's best or if you don't enjoy quirky satire.

Also Although the plot as constructed depends on this being breakout succes... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great sets, Original

See it if you want to see a committed, exceptional performance by Glenn Close in a unique take on the life of Joan of Arc (+ some other good actors).

Don't see it if you can't accept Joan of Arc as a willful teenager led astray by hormones who could not have possibly convinced powerful men to follow her.

85
Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see three amazing actors with impeccable comic timing engaged in a three-way discussion that explores the nature of Truth.

Don't see it if you would be annoyed by a comedic approach to what could be seen as profound subjects: the rules of journalism and the nature of truth.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see the inimitable Bill Irwin in a challenging evening which will PERHAPS clarify Beckett fo you a bit. In any case, delightful

Don't see it if you really HATE Beckett and don't want to understand his writing better, and also are not interested in clown tradition.

74
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see brilliant Janet McTeer and learn something about Sarah Bernhardt and her relevance to current sexual politics.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, plays set backstage or plays dealing with gender equality or its absence.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Great translation, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the wonderful ensemble and convincing realism and intimacy of Richard Nelson's productions, making a classic play more accessible.

Don't see it if you didn't like Richard Nelson's productions at the Public. This is an identical approach - all taking place in the kitchen & very low key.

Also As usual, with Richard Nelson's productions, if you don't have perfect... Read more Read less

70
Confusing, Quirky, Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you adore Adam Driver and/or Keri Russell. Driver is charismatic but has anti-sex appeal in a character should be sex personified.

Don't see it if you expect one of Lanford Wilson's best. The play hangs on overwhelming physical attraction between the leads and these two don't have it.

Also Even though the role is something of a stereotype, Brandon Uranowitz i... Read more Read less

74
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well-crafted plays about family relationships and good actors playing those roles.

Don't see it if you only like light entertainment.

Also Especially outstanding performance by Alex Wolff as the college-age so... Read more Read less

24
Banal, Annoying, Dishonest, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you hate musicals, especially Rodgers and Hammerstein, and want to see a travesty of the original .

Don't see it if you love the original "Oklahoma!" and don't want to see an agenda-driven version, changing the ending significantly while pretending not to.

Also Ali Stroker is immensely talented and very sexy. Mary Testa and James ... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great Irish play with an extraordinary cast - especially the sublime Maryann Plunkett.

Don't see it if you don't like O'Casey, Irish accents, or sad endings.

Also I saw this as the final part of a "Dublin Saturday" - a chance to see ... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love O'Casey and Irish writers in general and you would enjoy seeing an outstanding cast bring their work to life.

Don't see it if you don't like serious plays or Irish accents.

67
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you love Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow and enjoy anything they do. Without them, this play would be even more pointless than it is now.

Don't see it if you think you're going to get some great new insight into the Clinton relationship.

80
Ink
Original, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy seeing a true story, enriched by terrific actors and creative staging, which is entertaining even while sounding an alarm.

Don't see it if you can't stay with a fairly long narrative with complications and ambiguities.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a superb cast in a classic play by a great American writer dealing with moral issues that are always relevant!

Don't see it if you don't like serious, intense plays or if you find anything set in 1947 "dated"

Also Superb direction! No gimmicks or "concepts" to attract attention to th... Read more Read less

50
Irritating, Cliched, Dated, Slow, Confusing

See it if for you, two or three excellent performances (especially Tony Yazbeck) can make up for ho-hum staging, stereotypes and one DREADFUL actor.

Don't see it if you have low tolerance for agit-prop and obvious, dated political observations.

Also As much as I hated the evening, I have to say that Tony Yazbek's perfo... Read more Read less

78
Clunky book, Great songs, Disappointing, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you love Cole Porter, Kelli O'Hara's singing, energetic dancing. Add to that a committed talented ensemble plus Corbin Bleu, who is great

Don't see it if you need a convincing book. This one has always been sub-par, and extensive re-writing hasn't fixed it!

80
Offbeat, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play dealing with relevant issues, anchored by a delightful lead performance, & giving voice to conflicting viewpoints.

Don't see it if you aren't open to opinions contrary to your own.

Also This is play is worth seeing just for the opening monologue, which is ... Read more Read less

92
Must see, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you love musicals (especially this one) and you want to see a fresh take on it that is in many ways the most delightful production EVER!

Don't see it if you hate all musicals, especially "Fiddler", and know that you will hate it even more in Yiddish!

Also I saw the original production of this show several times and think I h... Read more Read less

85
Great ensemble, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love old-fashioned musical comedy with song and dance numbers full of energy and joy adding up to a HAPPY evening at the theater.

Don't see it if don't like musicals and you want your theater serious and profound.

77
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Exhausting

See it if you can steel yourself for an evening with the most unpleasant people you have probably ever met. It is certainly never boring!

Don't see it if you like light, uplifting fare with a happy ending.

73
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate good acting & don't mind a version that changes the time & place significantly, with accents that are often incomprehensible.

Don't see it if you will be embarrassed by extremely explicit onstage sex .

70
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Too long, Quirky

See it if you like Nottage's writing and enjoy plays that deal with important issues, in this case the changing history of African American artists.

Don't see it if you don't want to engage with a satirical treatment of prejudice in American society and especially in Hollywood.

Also Play is MUCH too long - especially the second act. Impact could be ver... Read more Read less

74
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Quirky

See it if you love Irish writing and Irish actors because this play is sensational in both - in spite of an unbelievable plot.

Don't see it if you only like light entertainment.

83
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you love Calvin Trillin and especially his writings about Alice, with two excellent actors telling a simple, sincere love story.

Don't see it if you want production values, conflicts, and a dramatic story line and are not interested in two people telling their story.

Also My primary reaction, on top of what I've said above: incredible envy f... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you loved the original novel and/or film and you would enjoy seeing the same story differently structured but still brilliantly acted.

Don't see it if you didn't like the original book or film OR you liked them so much that you are not open to new actors, new writing, and new direction.

Also My one small reservation was that I felt that the "angry" version of C... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Uneven cast, Irritating

See it if you really love Stockard Channing, who manages to give an interesting performance in unconvincing material.

Don't see it if you don't like characters that are caricatures and a plot situation that is not adequately explored.

79
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you want to see some engaging Irish actors do a fresh take on a play you probably won't understand even if it's your fourth or fifth time!

Don't see it if you hate this play or Beckett in general so much that you don't even want to give it another try.

75
Disappointing, Intelligent, Uneven, Enthusiastic knowledgeable guide

See it if you aren't expecting all of the examples visited to be definitively connected to theater, especially if you time to see another Met exhibit.

Don't see it if you were expecting a full hour and a half of "theater treasures."

60
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Inspiring theme

See it if you can sit through a slow-moving, uninteresting saga of a Punjabi family to get to an inspiring ending which celebrates ethnic diversity,

Don't see it if you can't endure a lame plot about ethnic assimilation or lack of it to get to a great final few minutes urging acceptance of differences.

71
Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Unusual setting, Unexpected plot twists

See it if you are willing to expend a little effort to learn about the British game of snooker, enlivened by unusual characters and live play.

Don't see it if you have a problem understanding British dialects and you are easily bored when the plot moves slowly as it does in the first act.

Also The second act is much more entertaining than the first. The first act... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Good acting

See it if you like A.R. Gurney, even though this is definitely not his best. Also if you just enjoy laughing, even when the material is not brilliant

Don't see it if you're unwilling to sit through the second of the 3 one-acts which is both weak and too long or if you can't tolerate "super-light" fare.