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)
56
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Irritating, Disappointing

See it if you think that making Julius Caesar into Trump is incredibly brilliant, and a nude bathtub scene the height of wit.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch the always fabulous John Douglas Thompson struggle to give the evening some dignity and coherence.

Also Elizabeth Marvel's performance as Marc Anthony is an absolute horror! ... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Original

See it if you want to see four superb actors in a very funny, imaginative followup to Ibsen's play, led by Laurie Metcalf as a hilarious Nora.

Don't see it if you have problems with anachronisms or with new takes on classic characters.

70
The Roundabout
Midtown E
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Dated

See it if you enjoy plays that are definitely "period pieces", especially one by J.B. Priestley which has neve been done in this country before.

Don't see it if you have no patience with old-fashioned plays that seem to have no relevance to our world today.

70
During previews
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Dated, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the leisurely pace of plays from a century ago, in an upper class British setting, exploring still valid relationship issues.

Don't see it if you only like contemporary, fast-moving plays.

69
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Miscast

See it if you want to see an interesting Arthur Miller play that is rarely performed.

Don't see it if you saw either the original production or any other major revivals because they were all better, and you will be disappointed.

Also In my opinion, every role in this production is miscast. In addition, ... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see a brilliant, creative production of a rarely performed Eugene O'Neill play, featuring dazzling Obi Abili in the title role.

Don't see it if you are unable to listen to politically incorrect language and/or you only like lightweight fare.

Also We are incredibly blessed to have two extraordinary productions of two... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you don't want to miss a dazzlingly innovative staging of a rarely performed Eugene O'Neill play, anchored by an amazing Bobby Cannavale.

Don't see it if you don't like political theater or expressionistic directorial concepts.

Also I don't think you'll see a more spectacular staging of anything - play... Read more Read less

79
Linda
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you want to see an offbeat slant on the feminist problem of balancing career and family plus a dazzling performance by Janie Dee

Don't see it if you don't want to see any more plays about the feminist problem of balancing career and family!

Also Though dealing with a subject that has been explored to the point of e... Read more Read less

50
Great writing, Confusing, Disappointing, Annoying, Perverse

See it if you would enjoy seeing Sally Field do anything, no matter how misconceived or irritating.

Don't see it if you revere the genius of Tennessee Williams and especially this beautiful heart-breaking play.

Also Yet again, an unneeded, over-reaching directorial "concept" superimpos... Read more Read less

75
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Inventive set, Mediocre score

See it if you want to see a revival in which the production concept and the leading lady's enriched performance are an improvement over the original.

Don't see it if you revere the Billy Wilder movie and don't want to endure mediocre music and banal lyrics layered on top of it!

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Original

See it if you want to see an extremely original musical based on "War and Peace", with a high-energy cast and an excellent performance by Josh Groban.

Don't see it if you only like traditional musicals, especially ones with beautiful tunes. This isn't one!

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

See it if you want to see an extraordinary cast of actors in a splendidly written play give a definitive performance of one of our greatest writers.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with tension, conflict or emotional pain.

79
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see some dazzling acting in a script which requires them to play the same characters across a span of 30+ years.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy observations about the life and times of the Baby Boomer generation.

60
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Annoying, Quirky

See it if you are interested in seeing Diane Lane, John Glover, and other excellent actors struggling with an unnecessarily perverse production.

Don't see it if you have seen quite enough of directorial "concepts".

83
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an astonishingly timely play showing us why Donald Trump won this election.

Don't see it if you only like plays with no bitter conflict, no violence, and happy endings!

69
Clever, Overrated, Slow, Funny, Depressing

See it if you want to see good actors tackle difficult decadent material and make it funny at least some of the time.

Don't see it if you are unable to find humor in depravity and immorality, even when written and acted with skill.

75
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Original, Short

See it if you enjoy seeing really fine actors handling very idiosyncratic writing with skill.

Don't see it if you don't like really offbeat stories.

80
The Roads To Home
West Village
Great writing, Touching, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love Horton Foote and you have never seen this early play, acted with enormous skill by a cast including Hallie Foote and Harriet Harris

Don't see it if you like plays to be relentlessly full of dramatic events and are unable to appreciate the quiet revelation of lives as they happen.

72
During previews
Plenty
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Disappointing, Irritating

See it if you want to see a dazzling multi-faceted performance by Rachel Weisz and an excellent supporting cast.

Don't see it if you find self-absorbed, sanctimonious people irritating because the heroine is certainly both! As is the play.

88
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are capable of appreciating really fine acting that doesn't involve catastrophic circumstances but just the challenges of daily living.

Don't see it if you always want adventure, action, and high drama.

49
The Birds
Midtown E
Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Unconvincing, Pretentious

See it if you like Conor McPherson so much that you even want to see his plays that don't work.

Don't see it if you have anything more exciting to do with 90 minutes of your life - theater or otherwise.

79
A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Good acting, Charmingly old-fashioned, Thought-provoking

See it if you like leisurely plays with a period feel as long as they are well-acted and present characters that are interesting.

Don't see it if you really object to plays that are too long!

80
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Too long!

See it if you are a history buff who enjoys well acted true stories which are challenging and demand audience concentration and focus.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance threshold for plays which are too long and move slowly.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Original, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like to see musicals that "break the mold", especially when the performers and stage direction are FABULOUS!

Don't see it if you only like fluffy, old-fashioned musicals and don't enjoy stretching your horizons in this area.

77
Shining City
Chelsea
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Matthew Broderick's best performance in years!

Don't see it if you don't like ambiguity.

79
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing, Delightful, Original

See it if you enjoy great singing and dancing - and especially imaginative choreography - in the service of a nice story of World War II vets.

Don't see it if you like musicals with cutting edge stories or old-fashioned romantic ones. This one is not in either mold.

74
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Challenging

See it if by all means if you have never seen Beckett, because Wiest's clear understanding of this difficult material clarifies what could be murky.

Don't see it if you only like lighter fare and don't want to be challenged.

90
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if if you want to see a superb staging of an American classic with outstanding actors and, mercifully, no superimposed directorial "concept"!

Don't see it if you only like happy plays or edgy avant-garde plays. This is neither. It is just a classic example of a well-made play with a great story.

Also I saw it first with the two lead actresses in the roles for which they... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if if you love Sondheim, and you want to see an extraordinarily talented cast, in a stripped down production, focus on the words and music.

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist productions.

Also Fabulous orchestra playing sensational orchestration. Don't know when ... Read more Read less

79
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you want to see a splendid stylish performance by Kevin Kline, with outstanding support from Kate Burton and Kristine Nielsen.

Don't see it if you know you don't enjoy Noel Coward or any drawing room comedy from that era.

Also This production is not as good as it could be because of uneven perfor... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you appreciate a really different and emotionally moving story line, dazzling acting and singing, and a very original physical production.

Don't see it if you only like old fashioned traditional musicals.

Also By the end of the evening, I found the music in this show very tiring ... Read more Read less

81
If I Forget
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a play which explores serious issues as well as familiar problems in family relationships, performed by a superb cast.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained and not deal with anything heavy.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you are already a C.S Lewis fan or if you are just interested in the nature of the journey which leads from atheism to religious faith.

Don't see it if you are allergic to the discussion of religion or don't like one-man shows.

Also Excellent editing job, taking material from Lewis's autobiography and ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to see an inspiring, life-affirming true story told in a dazzlingly creative way by incredibly talented actors and musicians!

Don't see it if you are a confirmed cynic who is allergic to feel-good musicals even when they're true!

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show with a good story (one with a plot line that is very unusual for a musical), cleverly staged and splendidly performed

Don't see it if you only like musicals about rich, beautiful attractive people.

79
The Liar
East Village
Entertaining, Funny, Uneven acting, Uneven translation, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a rarely performed play by Corneille with a few outstanding performances and clever choices.

Don't see it if anachronistic translations drive you crazy, along with definitely uneven casting.

70
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Funny, Quirky, Uneven, Too long, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy good writing, interesting situations and characters, and an unpredictable plot line, even if the play is too long.

Don't see it if you are allergic to actresses who substitute mannerisms for truthful human behavior. Just one can undermine everyone else's work!

78
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Too long, Great staging

See it if you are able to enjoy pure silliness, executed by skillful actors, just for the purpose of entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't like Commedia dell'Arte and/or contemporary ad-libs.

Also Would be better at 90 minutes, no intermission. Start by cutting half ... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great dancing, Funny

See it if you want to see a first-rate cast, headed by the amazing Sutton Foster, in an inventive, thoroughly enjoyable revival.

Don't see it if you don't like revivals of old musicals.

90
Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Fabulous score

See it if you want to hear one classic song after another performed by dazzling singer/actor/dancers, reminding us of what fun musical comedies can be

Don't see it if you don't like musical comedies.

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

See it if you enjoy serious theater with challenging themes - in this case racism that lies beneath the surface ready to explode at any time.

Don't see it if you go to the theater mainly for escape.

82
Falsettos
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you enjoy seeing an entire cast of brilliant musical theater performers do their thing, (together with one of the cleverest sets EVER!)

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical about gay characters.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great dancing, Great music

See it if you love Irving Berlin, tap dancing, and old fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if you insist that even musicals have a book with substance.

80
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the classic American musical and especially if you've seen "Hamilton". Dazzlingly talented cast!

Don't see it if you don't know musicals and therefore won't recognize musical references.

79
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if you like musicals with a good story that have a serious plot but are still really entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like pop/rock music or if you're a prude.

82
Maestro
Midtown E
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original, Informative

See it if you love a good story...especially the details of the life and work of a fascinating man and his music.

Don't see it if you don't like music, Jewish biographies, or one-man shows.

83
Quietly
Chelsea
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like serious, challenging plays about social and political issues that confront us by examining them in the context of individual lives.

Don't see it if you don't like dealing with traumatic experiences and anger.

78
During previews
Slow, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Too long

See it if you enjoy seeing updating of plays to give them specific relevance to today's world situation, plus actors good enough to bring this off.

Don't see it if Updating annoys you and you can't deal with plays that are TOO LONG!

80
Confusions
Midtown E
Great writing, Hilarious, Original, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like to laugh uncontrollably.

Don't see it if you insist that theater all be profound and serious.

80
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great dancing, Nostalgic

See it if you love old movies, if you love great tap-dancing and enjoy seeing incredibly versatile actor/singer/dancers taking on multiple roles.

Don't see it if you wouldn't be caught dead watching Turner Classic Movies!