Megan Wrappe

About:  I am a 24 year old theatre journalist from Winston-Salem, NC. I am currently a contributing writer for ZealNYC.com's theatre, dance, music and art sections. I have also had the pleasure of writing pieces for American Theatre Magazine and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal.
Reviews (30)
Beloved
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show...The strength of playwright Lisa Langseth’s writing is her ability to present real life and draw the audience in. 'Beloved' leaves the audience wanting to know more about all the various characters...I left 'Beloved' with a million questions, but instead of wanting to ask the playwright, I wanted to ask Katarina herself. I will be mulling over her experiences for quite some time." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"To put it bluntly, there’s not just one element that makes this particular production a monumental one. In fact, there are a multitude of reasons...King Henry V, is played here by a woman (Zenzi Williams) and it works extremely well...Somehow, through the magic of theater, everyone was enthralled with the entire production, even if they didn’t quite understand what was going on every single moment...When a production is done this well, the insight and inspiration provided is limitless." Full Review

Shakespeare's Will
Soho/Tribeca
ZEALnyc

"Performing a one-person show is a mighty feat, and Tannis Kowalchuk is more than up to the challenge. She somehow manages to sing and speak her way through the show with no signs of slowing down, even with the considerable amount of passion she brings. Instead of Anne being portrayed as the perfect lady with no emotion, we see Anne stating her own opinions, just as any strong woman would do." Full Review

ZEALnyc

“Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised…The list of songwriters providing the score to the show is fairly remarkable…While not the most dramatic or thought provoking musical imaginable, it is certainly a fun show to attend and be completely entertained while being transported into the wacky world of Bikini Bottom. If you enjoy 'SpongeBob' on the small screen, then you’ll want to see the magic of theater bring all your favorite characters to life singing and dancing onstage.” Full Review

ZEALnyc

“The musical is well-cast, but at the end of the night, I found something missing from the production; it didn’t feel like a story about the friends I knew...The plot points are all there, but the genuineness from the show wasn’t all that present on stage, and it made the show fall a little flat...They could have downplayed the antics a bit, but that’s what parodies are all about. The show manages to pay homage to a classic TV show which is probably all you can ask for.” Full Review

Van Gogh's Ear
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"Hudson portrays the title character wonderfully, with the production under the strong direction of Donald T. Sanders...The audience is able to view and understand van Gogh not just as an artist, but as a human being whose struggles with doubt and depression are all the more relatable...The overall production elements were also key to the success of the performance...'Van Gogh’s Ear' provides the audience with more understanding of the man who painted iconic works." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"The battles bring the plight of the Musketeers to life, leaving the audience breathless...The use of modern language as well as the vernacular made the show even more accessible to the audience, heightening the enjoyment factor immensely...Taking a classic story such as this and making it feel relevant is no easy task, and everyone involved deserves credit for creating such engaging storytelling. With this well-rounded and talented cast, 'The Three Musketeers' should not be missed." Full Review

Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

“While both Bond and Lauren are visibly talented actors, they were definitely challenged by their material…Ms. Bogart knows what she’s doing when it comes to directing, despite the less-than-amusing subject matter…Bogart succeeds in giving Cage's work a voice in a proper stage presentation…On the whole, ‘Chess Match No. 5’ may suffer from its source material being directed to such a specialized target audience, whereby the overall impact may be lost on many." Full Review

Albatross
Midtown E
ZEALnyc

"The story is classic, but through the use of modern technology, multimedia projections, strong sound effects, and a multipurpose set, the play feels of the moment...And there is no better actor to create this world than Benjamin Evett...It is a raw and emotional role to play, and Evett does so flawlessly by putting his whole heart and soul into the role...Hats must be tipped for what is a top-notch performance, but what also must be an exhausting one." Full Review

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"The show’s message of wanting to be heard, grappling with life going by too fast, and the right road to take in life, are issues with which we all can relate...Larson managed to literally capture his life and spirit in this show. We see his relationships with friends, family, and his love life played effortlessly here by Blaemire and Salazar...The three actors in this productions have such palpable chemistry onstage that it’s a joy to watch them reenact Larson’s emotional journey." Full Review

Fit for a Queen
Financial
ZEALnyc

"It is with this touch of cunning, charisma and sass that Ms. Irving lights up the stage whenever present, helping to propel the production...There is a historical context for all of the characters mentioned in 'Fit For A Queen,' but instead of staying completely historically accurate, this production is not afraid to change the details and add touches of charisma where possible...From a humanistic point of view, this version of the mighty female pharaoh transcends that." Full Review

Signature Plays
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"With its eerie music, strobe lights, and in-unison chanting, 'Funnyhouse of a Negro' is clearly a wacky show. If you peel back the layers however, it’s meant to show the symbolism between white power and black…The message here is an interesting one, but it would have been more easily understood if there had been a resolution to the conflict. The ending did not help. It is just a cliffhanger, and sadly the audience never really gets a clear cut answer on what actually happened." Full Review

The Woodsman
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"The acting is also what makes this show so special. The majority of the cast have been a part of the show since the creative process and/or in preceding productions. The fact that each actor knows their part inside and out results in an emotional performance...It is plain to see that there is something very special about 'The Woodsman'...The time and effort the cast and creative team has put into this show is obvious, which is why 'The Woodsman' deserves a long, long, long life." Full Review

The Other Mozart
Greenwich V
ZEALnyc

for a previous production "What was so interesting about this piece was that it not only told a story that was absolutely unknown to me, but it incorporated rich and fascinating details. The staging was magnificent and ingenious with the entire play, which was enthusiastically performed by Milo, revolving around a skirt that Milo wears...The emotion that Milo puts into her performance is enthralling." Full Review

Empanada Loca
West Village
ZEALnyc

"This being a solo performance it is amazing to see that Rubin-Vega’s attentiveness does not fade one degree during the entire show. She moves effortlessly between being Dolores to Luis to Dominic and back again, never causing confusion as to who she is at every moment, which is a credit to Mark’s direction...The other interesting point of the show is that while Dolores’s story could be labeled as a 'woe-is-me' tale, Dolores herself does not look at it this way." Full Review

The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"A parody of 'Scooby Doo'...For people unfamiliar with the acting style of Team StarKid, and now Tin Can Bros., it borders on slapstick sarcasm with some witty jokes thrown in for good measure. Needless to say, there were many, many laughs throughout the evening...The humor isn't overbearing, and actually ranged somewhere between practically perfect and bloody brilliant, showing off the creative geniuses assembled in this cast." Full Review

This Flat Earth
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"The play's portrayal of grief was one of the most realistic representations I have seen onstage, with a good balance of confronting politically-themed topics and their related emotions. While never feeling overly political or overly dramatic, the play is the perfect amalgamation of our current news agenda through a humanistic lens. There were moments when I could hear audience members audibly crying, but there were also moments when we all laughed." Full Review

ZEALnyc

“‘The Snow Queen’ magically comes to life through interpretive dance, creative staging, and a spectacular cast…A very imaginative journey that could only be seen on a downtown stage…It’s rare when a production requires this level of mental imaging, but it was thoroughly enjoyable…The lack of backdrops and props ultimately made the show stronger...There is definitely something to be said for this level of creative simplicity." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Looks to become a new seasonal favorite...Weaving in and out of the dynamic performances are Bristowe and Aiello telling their own stories...A nice retreat encompassing a mix of classic Christmas songs, as well as some new ones, all of which are sung and performed beautifully by the entire cast. Here’s hoping that this show will find its niche among holiday entertainment offerings, and becomes one of the traditions we can look forward to seeing in the coming years." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“A completely unauthorized parody...which includes rock heavy dance numbers, making fun of Jon Snow...and an appearance by author George R.R. Martin...Focuses predominantly on the first season of the series...The actual concept may seem a little too out there, but it actually works...There were quite a few dance numbers, and none of them were disappointing...Almost all the lyrics were silly and playful." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"A full and colorful interpretation of the Bard’s text, allowing it to feel newly alive and quite visceral in the moment. While the entire concept of locating the action throughout the various playing areas of Battery Park deserves credit, many of the accolades rest on the shoulders of the performers themselves...The many issues associated with power with which Macbeth struggles remain relevant today...Do yourself a favor and check out this amazing production." Full Review

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

“Despite the changes from the animated film ‘Anastasia,’ I left the theatre satisfied and happy. With such a strong leading female character, ‘Anastasia’ empowers women to follow their heart’s desires and not think twice about it. The character was a role model for my generation, and I hope for many more to come.” Full Review

Linda
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"Manhattan Theatre Club’s current production of 'Linda' falls perfectly in line with the current feminist agenda...The story follows a family in their everyday trials and tribulations, but what makes this story different is the passion and drive that Linda has for her career and her family, even if she won’t admit it...Maintaining composure is something everyone deals with, and Linda’s eventual breakdown signals that under her pantsuit, we all share many of the same issues." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"‘The First Noel’ does a wonderful job of reminding us about the true meaning of Christmas…And if the story wasn’t powerful enough, it has all the bells and whistles a top musical should have. From an eclectic score to flawless dance sequences and melodious voices—there wasn’t a single moment that wasn’t fully charged and entertaining. This cast and production make a strong case that 'The First Noel' should be on the boards for many Christmases to come." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"'Puffs' was just about one of the best parodies I’ve come across in a long time. The story may not be about Harry, but it was easy to catch little details that Cox threw in just to see if anyone was paying attention...And lucky for Cox, he has assembled a fantastic cast to play this hilarious story out...Hats must go off to these emerging comedians who make those quick changes look effortless and really do make the audiences laugh uncontrollably!" Full Review

ZEALnyc

"There’s nothing quite like seeing the works of Shakespeare. Add to that the Delacorte Theatre’s setting in Central Park, and you have a match made in heaven. And that’s exactly what The Public’s production of 'Troilus and Cressida' was...The acting was far from the rigid, traditional acting often associated with Shakespearean productions; each actor embodied their character...A perfect example of the Public’s mission to bring dynamic and inventive theater to the broadest range of audiences." Full Review

Do I Hear a Waltz?
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"There is just something lacking here...It’s hard to finger point it since the script and musical numbers are all well-written and well-placed, but they lack the density of other shows the two artists created...Though the story is not particularly strong, the cast and ensemble truly give it all they have. As a whole, they bring life to the otherwise slightly dull plot...This Encores! performance was still a night well spent at the theatre.” Full Review

ZEALnyc

"'Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life' is billed as a show, but the performance has more of a concert feel to it, with Hines shining his million dollar smile while playing with the audience. But with his seasoned showman skills, this is not necessarily a bad thing. There is never a dull moment in the 85 minutes, and audiences leave the theatre in a visibly happy mood." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Both Lavely and Grabner give extremely strong performances, aided by their fantastic chemistry on stage…The heightened dramatic moments remained realistic as well. What the well-blocked scenes and honed acting skills could not make up for, however, was a slight lack of background information…A touch more cohesiveness would not hurt, but overall 'The Widow of Tom’s Hill' is an enticing piece of theatre." Full Review

Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"There is no hard drama here, and it is not missed. Instead, the story flows well as a simple coming-of-age story that also blossoms into love. The trials of life, learning who you are as a person and ultimately what you want to become, are enough to carry the story eloquently, especially with the duo of McGinnis and Nolan. And most importantly, it reminds us all that in this fast-paced world there is nothing quite like real human love or true connections." Full Review