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 (222)
65
Good acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like to see everything the usually wonderful Mint Theater does - and especially if you are interested in anything by these 2 writers.

Don't see it if you are expecting the usual level of this company; this one is a rare misstep. Unfocused; not dramatically viable.

Also Vinie Burrows is mesmerizing even when doing nothing. It's almost wort... Read more Read less

75
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Mildly entertaining, Cliched

See it if it is enough for you to see skilled, appealing actors in "summer stock" material. Probably funnier if you have a martini or two first.

Don't see it if you're expecting a well-constructed play .

85
Fluffy, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you just want to be entertained by an extraordinarily gifted cast in an imaginative riff on Shakespeare. Delightful antidote to stress!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, only like serious plays, and don't alternate versions of Shakespeare even in jest.

Also Incredibly talented cast - dazzlingly skillful!

79
Great dancing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you have seen enough current musicals to understand the spoofs and you enjoy seeing talented dancer/singers in a lighthearted evening.

Don't see it if you haven't seen any current musicals or you are expecting brilliant satire. Some of the spoofs hit their mark; others are not as funny.

Also Performances at the York are usually not miked. I found that the mikin... Read more Read less

85
Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you can enjoy the refreshingly different humor of another period which requires a director and actors who understand how to make it work.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy anything that is not contemporary or you only like serious plays.

Also Slow getting started but becomes hilarious once it gets going. Delight... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Funny, Over-priced, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you don't mind paying Broadway prices for a mildly entertaining evening of fairly mindless improvisation - sometimes funny, but uneven.

Don't see it if you don't like rap or improvisation.

Also Some of the performers are really clever, plus pleasant to spend the e... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Dated, Slow, Great writing

See it if you love Horton Foote's writing, in a play which is dated because attitudes toward homosexuality have changed so radically in 25 years.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about the South, especially one so dated both re homosexuality and the balance of power in most marriages.

Also The leading man was inaudible muchof the time. I think Kristine Nielse... Read more Read less

89
The Michaels
East Village
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you appreciate great acting ensemble work - especially the great Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders and don't demand an exciting plot.

Don't see it if you dislike Richard Nelson's slice of life expressions of the importance of every moment, focusing on simple daily tasks, especially cooking

Also GET THE HEARING ASSIST DEVICES OR YOU WILL NOT HEAR IT!!!

85
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Intense, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a brilliant performance by Jeffrey Bean as well as superb supporting cast. Usual first rate direction by Ciaran O'Reilly.

Don't see it if you prefer light entertainment and you especially don't like plays about alcoholism and lifetime regrets.

70
Soft Power
East Village
Uneven, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you are willing to put up with being confused about exactly what is being said as a trade-off with some nice songs and entertaining moments.

Don't see it if you want shows with a completely clear narrative, especially when they clearly have a "message".

69
Banal, Overrated, Too long, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love over-produced Broadway shows filled with dozens of old pop music hits. If the performers are skilled, you don't need content.

Don't see it if you want a plot that isn't predictable and hackneyed. You don't like LONG shows!

Also Performers were great! I went because I love Danny Burstein, and he di... Read more Read less

79
Betrayal
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy seeing innovative staging concepts (this is as spare as I've ever seen!) and good actors, even if you're not a real Pinter fan.

Don't see it if you know that you absolutely hate Pinter or any play in which there is no real "action".

79
Little Gem
Chelsea
Quirky, Touching, Too long, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you think you will enjoy interlocking monologues that tell the story of 3 generations of women in the same family. Marsha Mason delightful.

Don't see it if you want action or if you can't cope with Irish accents that are sometimes hard to understand.

80
Raunchy, Too long, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, who are both wonderful! This is not top drawer McNally, but there are some great moments.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity. Also, this is not for anyone who is impatient. The play is too long and too slow.

83
Imaginative, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love Shakespeare and you don't mind updated versions as long as they are true to the spirit of the original.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare OR you don't like Shakespeare if it is updated or has any changes in time and place.

85
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
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
Little Women
West Village
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
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Socrates
East Village
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.

75
Too long, Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if seeing the dazzlingly talented Laura Linney do ANYTHING is enough for you. Repetitive; needs to be edited down; not well-constructed.

Don't see it if you don't like Laura Linney (how is that possible?) or you don't like one person shows.

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a serious and unusual play on a WWII army base. Wonderful African American actors, imaginatively staged, unexpected ending

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with race or you only want light entertainment.

Also David Alan Grier especially outstanding!

70
Paradise Lost
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy a novel approach to the Adam and Eve story, with some delightful performances, even if you're not familiar with Milton.

Don't see it if you are a politically correct feminist; this version will irritate you, and the delicious Eve of Marina Shay is the best thing about it.

Also The character of "Sin" played by Alison Fraser didn't work for me at a... Read more Read less

50
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Disorganized construction, Unfocused, Great acting, Too long, Disappointing

See it if you love Judith Ivey. She is wonderful as always. Other performances are good as well. Don't blame the actors; they have to earn a living!

Don't see it if you have anything better to do with 3 hours of your life! Too many issues, badly woven together resulting in a confused, unfocused mess.

Also Unnecessarily complicated set design for a small theater like the Newh... Read more Read less

89
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a completely new take on the AIDS crisis as having inter-generational relevance. Innovative structure & unpredictable story

Don't see it if you don't like plays about gay men or the history of AIDS.

Also Both parts were too long.... Read more Read less

79
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Imaginative staging, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like Harvey Fierstein - even if you didn't particularly like Bella! You enjoy recent history packaged as entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't like Harvey Fierstein and didn't like Bella Abzug or if you don't like one-person shows.

71
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging, Too long

See it if you like history plays. Less confusing if you lived through this period and know all these people. Probably confusing to young people.

Don't see it if you don't like history plays, are not interested in American history and politics, can't bear long slow plays.

Also Brian Cox is a fine actor but he is miscast as LBJ - doesn't catch his... Read more Read less

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Quirky, Great acting, Confusing

See it if seeing two great actors in brilliant performances can make up for a confusing, muddled plot.

Don't see it if you are irritated by a confused story line that doesn't seem to make sense.

70
Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love Mary Louise Parker and don't really care whether the play has anything to say. Smooth staging by David Cromer.

Don't see it if a story about two weird people, without any particular point, will not be balanced out by the presence of Mary Louise Parker.

69
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Too long, Energetic, Amusing, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you would enjoy very talented, high energy performers do their best to turn a mildly diverting comedy riff on Macbeth into something more.

Don't see it if you expect anything of substance or songs that are at all memorable.

Also Best moments were Jay Armstrong Johnson's hilariously clueless moments... Read more Read less

84
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Amazing

See it if you want an evening that's completely different with astonishing and seemingly inexplicable outcomes and lots of audience participation.

Don't see it if you don't like mentalism, psychic experiments, or audience participation.

85
Love, Noel
Chelsea
Funny, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love KT Sullivan, Steve Ross and/or Noel Coward. And if you don't know any of them, then you DEFINITELY should go!

Don't see it if you don't like Noel Coward, cabaret in general, KT Sullivan or Steve Ross.

73
During previews
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you always enjoy Shakespeare if the cast knows how to "speak the speech" as these actors do & you want to see a play that is rarely done.

Don't see it if you are not willing to put some effort into understanding the plot. This is a difficult play. Unfortunate choice of depressing setting.

Also I don't think the choice of a dystopic, post-apocalyptic world adds an... Read more Read less

86
Great orchestra, Original, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy seeing a musical that breaks all the molds, wonderfully performed. Different from the off-Broadway version, which I also liked.

Don't see it if you only like traditional musicals or standard rock or pop scores.

Also When I saw it off-Broadway, Andre de Shields was not in it - a definit... Read more Read less

31
Fairview
Brooklyn
Racist, Disappointing, Self-indulgent, Pretentious, Overrated

See it if you think it's important to continually foment antagonism between races, pretending that it serves a positive purpose to "tell the truth".

Don't see it if you are genuinely striving to help create a world as free from racism as possible, and you believe that "loving your neighbor" is the way.

70
Burn This
Midtown W
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
Long Lost
Midtown W
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
Midtown W
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
All My Sons
Midtown W
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
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
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!