Megan - Theatre Evangelist

Las Cruces | 35-49 | Female
About:  I've thoroughly loved celebrating theatre as a performer, director, producer, teacher, or attendee for over 30 years. I adore how Show-Score's format encourages positive reviews; even I don't like it, surely someone would! "I'd rather be 9 people's favorite thing than a hundred people's 9th favorite... Read more Read less
Reviews (87)
Nice set & lights, Man-bashing, Familiar songs, Amazing costumes, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy bio/jukebox musicals or Cher. You're more concerned with design than a quality book. You appreciate a quality impersonation.

Don't see it if you hate man-bashing. (Feminism does NOT require hating men, but the male book writer and director think it does.) You're seeking depth.

Queen of Hearts
Gorgeously designed, Quirky, Raunchy, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you seek classy, sexy, largely nude performers showing off all kinds of serious skills through a skeletal story. High quality throughout!

Don't see it if you want an exceptional narrative. You don't like mixed genres / anachronism. You'll be troubled by poorly placed classical singing.

Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Playful, Clever, Quirky, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if Shakespeare appeals when not treated as TOO precious. Big cuts are replaced by pleasant song and dance. Terrific foods included. Unique!

Don't see it if you can't appreciate many small non meat foods rather than big entrees. You seek somber recitation or veteran actors. (Youth is king here.)

Goofy, Young, Current, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to see a youthful story with playfully over the top acting, edgy current music. It's a fun but C+ silly Dear Evan Hansen.

Don't see it if You want a production where the tone of delivery matches the content. This is kind of like cartoonish characters telling an edgy tale.

Fetch, Clever staging, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if you'd enjoy the movie set in the present. You like youthful, current humor and fierce young performers. You appreciate great belting!

Don't see it if you don't like sexual humor. You aren't interested in social media and youth culture. You are homophobic. You want the movie unchanged.

Overrated, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you know and love one of the actors, adore off-the-wall Shakespeare, or like Phillip Glass. You should know the story first too.

Don't see it if you want a production with coherent choices. You're excited to see the storm (a non-event here). You have issues with women portraying men.

Well designed, Poorly written, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy silly, macabre, vulgar humor with lots of flashy lights, impressive sets, and great costumes. You don't need a strong story.

Don't see it if you'd prefer substance over silliness. You want memorable tunes or incredible choreography. You'd prefer the movie onstage. It isn't.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if you are up for an experimental take on a classic. It's jarring, unconventional approach to storytelling. Makes you rethink the messages.

Don't see it if you want beautiful singing, a big orchestra, a clear setting, fancy costumes, etc. It's not the usual staging, but it's very intriguing.

Delightful, Exquisite, Great singing, Overrated, Great orchestra

See it if you love MFL and want to luxuriate in its splendor. It's full, thoughtful, and fun. Don't go in expecting wildly fresh choices. It's good.

Don't see it if you will struggle with a director exploring the work with a modern awareness but not going very far with that notion. It's traditional.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Inventive

See it if you want a great revisal. It cuts some and adds well, and stages beautifully. Very clever, with only 6 actors skillfully setting every scene

Don't see it if you don't want to see a stripped-down, re-invented Merrily performed small. You desire flashy costumes / sets; they're terrific but sparse.

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing, Incredible tech

See it if good music, great performances, sexy dancers, well-staged, insanely impressive combo of puppetry & projection. Strong storytelling.

Don't see it if you want to hate watch. (You will probably end up actually liking it.) Genre blending music put some people off (pop vs. 30s at points).

Edgy, Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy, Intimate

See it if you want an unconventional theatre experience. Super cool space, detail designed. Young, fun devoted performer telling interesting story.

Don't see it if you want a terrific script, fantastic story, aren't comfortable as 10% or more of an audience, or aren't up for sexual content.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to witness an awesomely "in progress" host interact with audience members as seriously as he does ridiculously. It's about us.

Don't see it if you want a narrative or very structured experience. You're going for the sake of seeing design or production values. You're easily offended.

Also While he'd worked to make the entire "interview the audience" idea fai... Read more Read less

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Dated, Disappointing, Odd direction, Intriguing design

See it if you crave LGBTQ representation, want to learn the play, enjoy a hodgepodge of style (acting and design), seek a good story in small space.

Don't see it if you want a cohesive production with decisive tone and style that unifies for an effect. It is a mess of ideas - major acting tone problems.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Spontaneous

See it if you like the series and wish to hear a fan's current evaluation of it in an energetic, fresh way. It's clever and audience-inclusive.

Don't see it if you want sets, costumes, etc. or don't know the series. It's like a Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (not about production values).

Quaint, Slow, Fluffy, Great musical arrangements, Simple

See it if you want a lovely little hour of Christmas songs and some wandering narrative in between. Feels like you're in someone's living room.

Don't see it if you want an engaging story, excellent acting or singing, or any kind of spectacle or plot. It's just a "I remember Christmas as a kid" trip.

Unstructured, Basic information, Stilted, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you know nothing of producing and any information will be interesting to you. It could go ANY direction, it seems, and feels unprepared.

Don't see it if you seek a dynamic, engaging presentation where you feel like part of a conversation with like-minded people. It lacks intention / focus.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Recognizable, Informative

See it if you want to hear 20+ songs you know woven together by a women's lib "lecture." A narrator brings you in and out of cute scenes. Mostly fun.

Don't see it if you want live instruments or good costumes (it looks like they brought them from home), or you favor a cohesive cast of grounded performers.

During previews
Blue Ridge
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Uneventful

See it if you enjoy simple, honest plays about people who are lost in a moment. It's about experience, not events. Very realistic, moving, and timely.

Don't see it if you seek razzle dazzle, or need the play to be about major events. It poses more questions that it answers about complex people.

During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Unique

See it if sumptuous spiritual harmonies sprinkled through a compelling LGBTQ drama are for you. Slick staging, high energy, young, fresh, moving. #ygb

Don't see it if a typical dramatic progression makes the story for you. You want extensive, flashy sets or mostly singing.

Engaging, Unconventional, Mysterious, Talent-ridden, Uneven

See it if you enjoy exquisite, expressive dancing even in an odd context. You like thrillers. Adultery-focused stories intrigue you.

Don't see it if jarring shifts between 3 composers' recorded music with bug you. Weak music, awkward tech, a sense the team didn't all get the tone.

Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Edgy, Great staging, Raunchy, Riveting, Intense

See it if you're up for an in-your-face, overwhelming whirlwind of debauchery that leaves you feeling part of a mess. Skillfully every kind of vulgar.

Don't see it if you don't want to see nudity, be splattered with fake body fluids, don't want to be involved in the action, or can't handle thick accents.

Refreshing, Timely, Latino, Slick, Sizzling

See it if you like very contemporary stories addressing topics like immigration and gentrification in a super "hip," fresh way with great dance.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy young, fun stories. You prefer classical dance or music.

Fluffy, Romantic, Entertaining, Playful, Quaint

See it if you enjoy nostalgic musicals with fun tunes, playful romanticism, beautiful cohesive design, and a simple/clean/classic approach to staging.

Don't see it if you want showstoppers with big flash, very impressive vocals, lots of movement, or something edgy or deeply moving. You can't enjoy fluff.

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you love the film, you enjoy lavish looks with big numbers and don't mind obvious projections, you like a simpler / hokier Les Mis type show

Don't see it if you want something at all edgy or unpredictable, you crave artistry in design (it's Disney type stunning), you didn't like the film.

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you dig incredible actors in a small house with beautiful design breaking the 4th wall and seeking the audience input. Dark but fun.

Don't see it if you don't like cursing, can't appreciate contemporized work, hate depressed characters, or detest not much plot or resolution.

Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Deliciously satirical, Type-defying, Quirky, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want to see talented, diverse humans onstage and you have a sense of humor about it. Many ages, race, and body types are celebrated here

Don't see it if you are drinking the Broadway koolaid and think only rail thin 20 somethings deserve the spotlight. This cleverly rejects that notion.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Relevant, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a good story with plenty of spectacle, dazzle, and hummable tunes that doesn't force you to think to hard but has a good theme.

Don't see it if you won't appreciate the writers' efforts to update the movie's plot to 2019 sensibilities. It wasn't as problematic as it could have been.

Thematically too on-the-nose, Raunchy, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love seeing insanely gifted comedic actors own the stage. You enjoy experimental form and play on language. You love or hate Titus.

Don't see it if you don't want a political statement bashing you in the head. You are uncomfortable with penis and poo jokes. You can't stand screaming.

For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Edgy, Great staging, Clever

See it if you'd appreciate contemporary pop culture mixed in with Shakespeare. You like when actors play multiple characters. You know the play.

Don't see it if you can't follow Shakespeare easily. You won't like hearing Beyonce in the middle of iambic pentameter. You don't like women playing men.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you'd appreciate a bare-bones staging that focuses simply and effectively on the language and beautiful music. Profoundly moving! Stunning.

Don't see it if you want big set or costume changes or extravagant staging. You don't want to read subtitles. It is not performed in English.

Magical, Elegant, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you can appreciate Disney magic that isn't over-the-top hokey. I thought it more artistically consistent than even Lion King. Enchanting!

Don't see it if you don't want to be surrounded by children. You aren't open to changes from the movie (though I thought they were ALL for the better).

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Nuanced, Epic, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays with huge casts, varied in age, with Irish accents, and strong storytelling that requires serious focus. Intense end.

Don't see it if you want spectacular costumes or set changes. You struggle with understanding accents. You need lots of physical action to engage in a show.

Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Relevant, Unconventional

See it if you want to learn more about a Iranian playwright and have a very unique experience that involves the audience in a comfortable way.

Don't see it if you want a narrative, don't want to hear someone who can't try to read Farsi for the first time, want a "polished" experience or design.

During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Well crafted

See it if you enjoy him, want to laugh at liberals and conservatives alike, like an intimate venue, or want a good laugh at smart insights.

Don't see it if you want a very live-feeling, responsive, in-the-moment kind of experience. His script is great but it felt a little rote like it bored him.

For a previous production
The Jungle
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you have interest in refugee crises. Brilliant script, phenomenal acting, exquisitely designed and directed. Perfectly immersive. Powerful.

Don't see it if you don't want to be engaged in and surrounded by an electrifying story. You are seeking something only fun. You have a bad back. (Seating)

Sleep No More
Ambitious, Exquisite, Intriguing, Intense, Sensory

See it if you don't mind standing/walking for 3 hours. Masked, you roam & create your own experience during which no one speaks. Largely danced.

Don't see it if you are put off by ambiguity. You seek words. You don't like stairs. You don't like Macbeth or Hitchcock or loud music. Possible triggers.

Cliched, Fluffy, Boring, Poor writing, Strong performers

See it if you absolutely adore the movie (or Cinderella stories however misogynistic). You aren't picky about musical composition. Great physiques.

Don't see it if you tend to dislike movies turned musicals (this was the worst I've seen) or you want musical style to match character. No charm or finesse.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if you like Drowsy Chaperone, LGBTQ themes, meta-musicals, any of the outstanding cast, and / or a great contemporary story. Moving & funny!

Don't see it if you are anti-gay (in which case, how do you like musicals?!?!) or you exclusively seek outstanding music (it's great but not amazing).

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you seek great LGBTQ messages, impressive dance, fun verse & costumes, upbeat Go-Gos music, girl power, defying stereotypes, slick, funny.

Don't see it if you seek a terrific plot or named stars, you can't enjoy juxtaposing time periods (there are so many here) or flawed shows (it's strange).

Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you know or wish to explore Brecht (highly political, very intentional theatre). Brilliantly staged and acted. Sadly timely. Has humor.

Don't see it if you just want to pop in and enjoy something. You aren't up for an in-your-face experience. You don't want to think about Hitler.

Gloria: A Life
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Informative, Political, Polished

See it if you like bio-narrator stories, dig women's lib, want info on Steinem, like great acting, enjoy history, like arena seating. Well done!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy "here's my story" formats, abhor projections (lots of historic video), or can't enjoy an all female cast in varied roles.

Clever, Delightful, Impressive performances, Quirky, Current

See it if you like quirky humor, actors playing multiple characters and instruments, upbeat music, and up close storytelling (without interaction).

Don't see it if you're offended by playful mention of porn, cursing, or want a big spectacle show. You need more than modest, thoughtful designs.

Best Life
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Timely

See it if you enjoy smart, silly, contemporary humor. Mostly in simple song, just a 28 year old girl, a keyboard, and stories of her life. Cute.

Don't see it if you expect theatre, not cabaret. Or plot, not stand up. You're off-put by sexual humor or not aware of social media. You seek sets, etc.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Oddly designed, Amateurish, Simple

See it if you find the art for the show extremely engaging. (That is what it mostly looks like.) The language is spoken evenly. It's adequate. Boring.

Don't see it if you are well-versed in Macbeth productions and like the intensity, sexuality, and violence that can create edgy, awesome interpretations.

Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Inventive, Meaningful

See it if you have children who could better understand "trans." It's written well enough to not feel informational. Great staging. Awesome props.

Don't see it if you'd struggle with unpolished talent, recorded accompaniments overwhelming the voices, or you don't like shows for elementary kids.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Profound

See it if your drawn to dramatic family stories about mental health with unexpected turns. You enjoy rock music with strings, or need a good cry.

Don't see it if you can't deal with stories about the loss of a child. You don't like rock music. You prefer something flashy, escapist, or grand.

Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Clever

See it if classic musicals edgily reinvented appeal to you. You enjoy dark, cynical, sexual, sleek, humorous entertainment.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with homosexuality, promiscuity, or the topic of the holocaust. You want fabulous, lush costumes or sets.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Feminist, Reinvigorated

See it if you like R&H, enjoy thoughtfully updated twists on classic stories, you want a show for the family (great for ALL), you're seeking beauty.

Don't see it if you want something edgy, you don't like classic Broadway music, you feel the original Cinderella story was perfect in its messaging to girls

Once (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Romantic, Clever

See it if you love abstract, intimate staging that is open to interpretation, you enjoy watching instrumentalists on stage, you liked the film.

Don't see it if you want spectacle, crave lots of upbeat tunes, don't like Irish music, aren't into romantic stories, or struggle with accents.