Margret Echeverria

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Reviews (31)
Front Row Center

4/5 Stars "Harry Connick returns! When Connick sings 'I'd love to gain complete control of you…' in All of Me, my date and I are swooning with the crooning. Yes, please!" Full Review

Front Row Center

"Patten is humble on the stage, but there is serious power in her thoughtful performance, which brought us to all to our feet. Seriously, the guy next to me who could barely stand without help, got up to cheer." Full Review

Front Row Center

"I laughed because this conflict is so familiar to me having been an actor on commercial sets and it is certainly too late to cry. My husband, my date, laughed because surely this is just a fun exaggeration, right?...The casting of this show is deliciously perfect. I’m sucked in and the familiar anxiety arises within me because the characters are true to life...Get your skates on. Go see this one before it disappears." Full Review

God Said This
West Village
Front Row Center

"My fingers are poised now over this keyboard and I am trying to compose a series of words to get you, Dear Reader, to understand that I witnessed a miracle last night. You don’t get the perfect blend often in New York theatre performances...Winkler’s writing goes deep into the real...I love this family. I want them to make it...You can’t, you can’t, you can’t miss this show. Really. I’m not kidding. This is gold I’m giving you here." Full Review

Hope
East Village
Front Row Center

“Salas is contained in a very narrow body, but she is a powerful force on the stage...She has complete Martha Graham-like control...Salas gives us the complicated characters of her father...mother...a brave sex-worker...and she gives us her raw, honest self from childhood to now with all the beauty marks and other warts in various stages of healing...Salas can disappear so deeply into a character that we think someone else is in the room. It’s mind-blowing magic.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“The music is great, the dancing is perfect, the lyrics are very funny, the actors are very alive and into it...It’s a good story. We relate to it and the characterizations are solid...But these stories are totally predictable. If the performances were not so tight, the music and lyrics...not so infectious, we might not be so entertained...I predict this show will be a sensation, because the work of this ensemble on the stage is flawless. I just wish the story had been pushed to braver limits." Full Review

Front Row Center

"This show is a perfect collaboration of casting, script, and directing...Ferrentino’s writing reflects reality; we cannot be sure about the resolution of Amy’s painful past and we will have to live with it...My favorite kind of theatre. Something awful happens and somehow the characters find strength to reach out to one another and the courage to find joy again. The house fills with laughter over and over and we walk out feeling a little better. Truly lovely." Full Review

Stuffed
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"We are cracking up the whole time! Director Jackson Gay gives us smooth set changes, hilarious dance sequences and hysterical beats following some cathartic tears.... Lampanelli guides what is revealed on the stage with truly innovative writing that does not preach, does not over-sell the sentimentality and will leave you feeling like you came to a slumber party and left having made some really good friends." Full Review

Charm
West Village
Front Row Center

"I was the straight person in the audience enjoying all of this while wondering who was a male, who was female, as well as who identified how, as what gender in the past present and future. At the end of the show, I didn’t really have any more answers about all that. But I did feel that maybe I understood more of the human experience than I did when I first sat down...And that understanding told me I had just seen some good theater. Go see this one, Kids. I highly recommend it." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Moore makes you laugh at the absurdity of it all so that we can stop breathing in shallow fear for a moment...There is no set script because, to my great pleasure, Moore includes discussion of today’s news...And...there’s a young woman—gorgeous, expressive, and super talented ...and cops...and—SQUEEE!—male strippers!!! So, go get entertained!" Full Review

Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“It gets dense and there is no real story, yet I was thoroughly entertained...This is a show that must be grasped with an open hand. If you try to make too much of it, hold on to any one moment too long, or ‘figure it all out,’ you won’t like it. If you can let it just flow over you and just notice how some of the mind bending makes you feel, you will definitely enjoy yourself...The sound design in this show is a complex masterpiece…By the end of the show, I had tears in my eyes.” Full Review

Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"I really enjoyed ‘Yours Unfaithfully,’ so much so that I almost truly loved it. When a play is well-written, a great deal of the work that confronts an ensemble is already done…Malleson’s script advances the story well and with wit, but only after a rather lengthy exposition scene...I heard words that indicated all these characters have quite a bit of affection for one another, but I would have gladly indulged reasons why expressed in stolen non-verbal queues such as lingering looks." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The language itself is playful and so is the delivery by these highly animated actors...We are seduced into the scenes by the precision of each spoken word and each movement on the stage...Blain-Cruz directs an ensemble that pulls our back off our seat cushion to listen and watch closely...I enjoyed the whole painful thing. I did laugh, too. There were funny bits. And many hours later, I turn it over and over again in my memory discovering more truths about humanity." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Gethard simply tells us the real absurd truth about himself, his longtime companion, Clinical Depression, and the rather unconventional, often scary dark, sometimes slightly scandalous, truly silly trip they have taken together...Director Kimberly Senior employs a raw method of storytelling that is without overly theatric distractions. Nothing feels contrived...Gethard is an excellent host who will make sure you have a good time." Full Review

Daddy Issues
Midtown W
Front Row Center

for a previous production "Yuval was either badly guided by director, David Goldyn, or bad at taking direction as his character is never fully 'camp' nor 'straight-acting'...Rossi’s performance is so one note that it is a relief to see him leave the stage...Pleasure can be found in the women of this cast...'Daddy Issues' is a good effort... If you don’t mind a little struggle in your entertainment...slap a few bucks down on this one." Full Review

Washer/Dryer
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"Sometimes you just want to be entertained, to laugh a lot, not be required to think too hard and just simply enjoy yourself at the theatre. No crying. No deep philosophical existential questions. 'Washer/Dryer' is just this kind of light delight...The witty dialogue covering subversive prejudices and the all-around absurdity of New York life is a pleasure...The audience just falls into fits of laughter and in love with everyone on the stage. This cast is perfect." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 97%. "I was so in it with this ensemble cast of characters in Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, that I would have gladly spent three more hours with them." Full Review

Front Row Center

"It's possible you and your date will be picking your chins up off the floor when you see what Brown shows you behind that veil. Hint: Not a wizard. I'm not saying genuine jaw drops happened to my companion and me, but I might be winking at you." Full Review

Southern Promises
Soho/Tribeca
Front Row Center

"The show does not let up. There is no intermission and no mercy...The text of the show points out that many of us have heritages that are all mixed up – African and European ancestors decorate most of our trees simultaneously. Our pasts are not blameless. The cast of this show is only people of color to drive the point further to your marrow...Go see this show. It will open your heart to a conversation that should be had out loud." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The only problem is that Freddie Prinze is so precious in Sonera’s vision, that the script is compromised to telling a story that any moderate Prinze fan already knows. Sonera’s faithfulness to his hero doesn’t allow him to go deep. There are still reasons to like this show. The acting is incredible...Sonera gives us Prinze’s pain, the addiction, the loneliness. We empathize as it fills his eyes and his body." Full Review

Front Row Center

"It is summer and time to give your fools a night off because Shaina Taub’s genius coupled with the creative mind of Kwame Kwei-Armah strike again...Get over there and stand in line for tickets...This show is a community effort, which brings to it the richness of collaboration of minds from all over our city...It was exhilarating to see this kind of inclusiveness in the piece...Alas, adaptations sometimes suffer a little loss of story line. But who cares too much when we are so entertained?” Full Review

Front Row Center

“This show is so well written. Hodsoll appears often to be utterly spontaneous and she does deftly improvise a few times in the show because she can — her tool box matches the brilliance of her author’s, especially when responding genuinely to audience reactions in this intimate space — but upon examining the script, I saw that many of the real juicy vulnerable moments I felt penetrate my skin were the result of just damn good writing. You have to see this show.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“‘America’s Favorite Newscaster’ is just – so sorry – really awful...The premise of the show is that America’s highest rated newscaster, Fury is burning out...Leaving him very little energy for the attention his lovely pregnant wife requires. And that’s it. For two hours, this is the only real point...The singing is very very quiet...And the choreography is executed by the extremely unsure feet of the performers...We have seen all the jokes presented...One could sleep through these scenes.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"To us older kids it’s the dullest collection of simpleness ever, but to tiny tikes, it’s pretty swell...The prop-on-stick 'puppets' are, most of them, very colorful and the actors move them about the stage doing their best to imitate expressive styles unique to each animal and only once bumping into one another. My thirteen year old daughter was bored out of her mind by these, but the colors and choreography were mesmerizing to anyone a year old to about four." Full Review

Front Row Center

“The story leaps off the stage with sizzling choreography by Sonya Tayeh, the tenderest of vocal arrangements by Shaina Taub and playful direction by Laurie Woolery…It’s wonderful to see the way the Public’s productions in Central Park bring the ideal of the public park into the show…It is an incredible ensemble of diverse and intriguing faces that is gathered for this production emphasizing this community feeling…You can take your kids to this show and they have a good time.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“This production hit the target and far exceeded my expectations. This show pulls us out of our respective realities for a few hours and sends us away a bit lighter because we have laughed so freely – perhaps for the first time in a long while...This is what is so pleasing about this production: Every single person seems to be having a really good time. We can’t help but feel that tingle in the fronts of our faces as these actors drink each other in and we follow them on a trippy ride.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"Dixon’s writing is very entertaining; there are no passages that are too precious for Dixon and therefore lose value for us...Dixon still has serious chops. The story moves along and we giggle, laugh outright and feel a bit verklempt...It’s an over-used cliche to say a performer is brave, raw, fearless, but maybe we over-use these words because we want that experience so much. Dixon really delivers...This show is a must see. Do not miss it." Full Review

Front Row Center

"‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is a show that holds you tight with its honesty of story told in a way that delights you to your very toes. Every aspect of what you see, hear and feel hums in perfect harmony throughout the piece…Writer Steven Levenson has given us a story that could be told around a dinner table right now...Two hours and twenty-five minutes fly by and this musical poo-pooer wished there had been more." Full Review

Plenty
East Village
Front Row Center

"At first, we may be frustrated by the underlying disconnection the actors sustain...But as the story unfolds, we see that the chill that runs through it is a comment on the effects of war itself...After the devastation, we have to rebuild, reconnect, empathize, make friends with the enemy while only looking forward because the past is too painful...To an insane human being, the adjustment is utterly impossible...'Plenty' is crazy beauty in these ashes. Go see it." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The throat-grabbing writing of Halley Feiffer was raw, risky, really hilarious and pushed me hard into the fear and grief that is cancer…Feiffer mocks the powerful thief that is cancer, but never loses respect for what is required of our humanity when cancer breaks in…Lochtefeld is absolutely precious as Don...Lochtefeld and Behrs are a delight to watch as they dance through the embarrassing tears and inappropriate laughter in their interrupted lives." Full Review

Prodigal Son
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"The language in Shanley’s script is beautifully crafted. Actors live their entire lives and don’t get to say such original and juicy turns of phrase. But it must be said that Chalamet does not rest on the strength of the words, he brings this tortured young boy right to you. He touches a common memory in our hearts; he’s that dangerous brilliant young man you never could have brought home to your parents and/or the young lonely person that you were at fifteen." Full Review