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 (211)
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.

89
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Touching

See it if you want to experience hilarious, wildly original characters in one comic scene after another, only to be blindsided by poignant moments.

Don't see it if you are really turned off by bad language and don't like loosely constructed plays with no coherent plot.

89
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you love British comedy and British actors in general, and Ayckbourn in particular - especially his gift for playing games with spaces.

Don't see it if you don't like British humor and you're allergic to over the top caricature, even when skillfully done.

77
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Original

See it if you want to see a powerful indictment of the ivory trade and all who are complicit in it, performed by amazingly versatile actors.

Don't see it if plays which are clearly written to illuminate a political or social issue are not your thing.

Also Sahr Ngaujah was amazing as Mlima. What stayed in my mind was the thea... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Entertaining, Great score, Great dancing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love "the golden age" of American musicals, especially Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as a chance to hear first rate LEGIT singing.

Don't see it if you think anything written before the year 2000 is dated, you hate legit singing, and you're allergic to anything vaguely religious.

77
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you want to see perhaps the most interesting role that Matthew Broderick, cast against type, has ever played, along with wonderful writing.

Don't see it if you are easily frustrated by the difficulty of understanding Irish accents or if you are not open to plots with a religious dimension.

Also All of the actors are excellent. I loved the idea of casting Matthew B... Read more Read less

60
Miscast, Disappointing, Great writing, Uneven

See it if you enjoy even sub-par performances of Shakespeare, with occasional bright spots, just to compare different acting and directorial ideas

Don't see it if you find it painful to hear great passages of Shakespeare wasted or mishandled and with key roles miscast.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if you appreciate outstanding acting, writing, and direction even in an extremely small-scaled setting, especially if you love Irish literature

Don't see it if you only like big productions and light-hearted plots.

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".

85
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy great acting and are willing to endure stretches of confusion since lack of coherence is really the point.

Don't see it if you only like conventionally written clear exposition and are annoyed by confusion and sometimes sheer mayhem.

78
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like G.B. Shaw's writing and want to see an interesting production with one great performance (Patrick Page) and several good ones.

Don't see it if you DON'T like to navigate the complexities of Shaw's writing and don't like long plays (just under 3 hours).

Also Condola Rashad is immensely talented, but she needs to work on her spe... Read more Read less

50
Great writing, Slow, Ultra-minimalist, Irritating, Frustrating

See it if you think even second-tier Tennessee Williams plus a riveting leading lady will make up for a dreadful hyper-minimalist production.

Don't see it if you don't like productions that seem designed to attract attention to the director rather than reveal ANYTHING about the play itself.

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

See it if you want to see an superbly staged iconic play. Garfield and Lane are sublime as expected, but the rest of the cast is dazzling as well.

Don't see it if you don't like VERY long, serious plays that leave you as exhausted as the cast must be!

Also These plays are TOO LONG and would benefit from judicious editing by t... Read more Read less

60
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Badly written

See it if for you, pandering to the Public's audience on the subject of immigration and "The Wall" can make up for a mediocre script and score.

Don't see it if you like musicals to have a well-constructed book, understandable characters, and distinctive music.

90
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to see an outstanding Lear, supported by skilled actors who know how to "speak the speech", not derailed by a directorial "concept"

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or plays that last over three hours.

71
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Quirky

See it if you know you can enjoy one-person autobiographical shows that deal with serious, sometimes depressing subjects.

Don't see it if you know you would not enjoy a detailed description of the author's cancer diagnosis and treatment plus horrifying stories about the Congo.

Also Though dealing with depressing subjects, the author/performer tells he... Read more Read less