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 (225)
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!

80
The Cake
Midtown W
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
The Dance of Death
East Village
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
Mies Julie
East Village
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
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
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
About Alice
Brooklyn
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
Apologia
Midtown W
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
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Final Follies
West Village
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.

75
The Emperor
Brooklyn
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever, Informative

See it if you would enjoy a single actress portraying multiple male roles that illuminate a period of history, probably one you don't know much about.

Don't see it if you don't like plays based on true events and/or you don't like shows that are (mostly) a single actor.

69
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Uneven execution

See it if you feel, as I do, that an evening spent with Irving Berlin's music is never wasted, and you can enjoy an overview of his life and career.

Don't see it if you can't overlook over-the-top acting, some ugly loud singing, and stylistically inappropriate florid piano accompaniments.

Also The best parts of the evening are the places where he encourages the a... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great ensemble, Summer fun

See it if you can enjoy a lighthearted musical version of the play, with imaginative casting, enthusiastic energy from all, and set absolutely nowhere

Don't see it if you don't like updated Shakespeare or musical versions of Shakespeare.

Also The night I went, it rained for the entire performance. Not only did t... Read more Read less

88
Hilarious, Entertaining, Great writing, Good acting, Fabulous comic timing

See it if whether or not you saw the original play or movie because it is amazing how well the play itself holds up.

Don't see it if you don't like gay-themed plays or you can't bear the thought of different actors trying to erase the indelible original cast.

88
Great singing, Entertaining, Wonderful music, Great ensemble, Delightful

See it if you love classic musicals with fabulous legit singing, three superb leads (Melissa Errico!), and a sensational singing/dancing ensemble.

Don't see it if you insist that musicals have plots as good as their scores, you don't like legit singing, and you don't like small-scale productions.

65
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Impressive production, Occasionally entertaining

See it if you are a little girl or if you loved the movie. There are some wonderful production values, and some talented performers.

Don't see it if you don't like banal pop music, usually screamed at maximum volume or if you expect a story to have some real point.

49
During previews
Skintight
Midtown W
Indulgent, Raunchy, Slow, Banal, Pointless

See it if you enjoy seeing good actors playing self-absorbed, frequently cruel characters in what seems to me a pointless script.

Don't see it if the message that sex is the total meaning of life is less than intellectually satisfying to you.

90
During previews
Conflict
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you would enjoy seeing a play from the 1920's with political issues that are still relevant today, wonderfully acted, witty and very funny.

Don't see it if you don't like old plays.

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
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
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
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
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
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Mother of the Maid
East Village
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
On Beckett
Chelsea
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

85
During previews
Great singing, Great ensemble acting, Unique, Great staging, Original concept

See it if you like Bob Dylan's music and enjoy watching a large cast of actors form an amazing acting, singing, and dancing ensemble to tell a story.

Don't see it if you don't like Bob Dylan's music and you don't like "outside the box" theatrical concepts.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Fabulous stage illusions, Confusing, Too long

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan, you want to see the most incredible stage special effects and illusions EVER, plus some splendid acting.

Don't see it if "best play" implies for you really good writing since both parts are too long and would benefit from being edited down.

Also In addition to admiring several of the performances, possibly my favor... Read more Read less

85
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are patient enough to sort out the deliberately confusing narrative of a woman's life, played at each age by a different actress.

Don't see it if you dislike innovative dramatic structures and are not willing to live with sometimes being confused.

88
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if if you can suspend your usual critical paradigms and enjoy an outrageously silly romp that sends you out with a big smile on your face!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals and/or you only like serious, "important" theater.

90
During previews
The Originalist
Midtown E
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy first-rate acting and a literate, dense script that illuminates political rigidity and explores the virtues of compromise.

Don't see it if you don't like political plays or you are unable to appreciate the virtues and strengths of someone you disagree with.

Also One of the great bonuses of the evening is the music - glorious record... Read more Read less

88
Girls & Boys
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great actress making use of her incredible range of skills with charm and intelligence, leading you to an unexpected twist

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or you just want light entertainment.

80
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a dazzlingly brilliant performance by Stephen Rea in a VERY dark comedy that addresses fanaticism and identity politics.

Don't see it if you don't like violence, bad language and have trouble with story lines that shift time and place rapidly and sometimes without clarity.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Repetitive, Good acting, Interminable

See it if you love wonderful Lois Smith enough to sit through a banal, endless play, with some other good actors, esp. J. Smith Cameron

Don't see it if you have anything else to do with (almost) three hours of your life.

Also As another review said succinctly: good cast/bad play. Dysfunctional f... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Straightforward, Long, Intense

See it if you are tired of Shakespeare moved to the Bronx or Afghanistan, and you are happy with an unapologetic traditional approach with good actors

Don't see it if you don't like three hour plays and don't like Shakespeare unless it has a gimmicky directorial "concept".