Dead Shot Mary
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Dead Shot Mary

Dead Shot Mary NYC Reviews and Tickets

(11 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting

About the Show

R&R Productions presents a new, one-woman history play about the legend of police officer Mary Shanley: a trail blazer, a maverick, and a true New York original.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (11)

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214 Reviews | 28 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in a fascinating character study driven by a historical figure. Also a fun, engaging way to learn something new.

Don't see it if you struggle with one-performer pieces. It's a solid one-woman show, but not everyone likes to engage their imagination in that way.

398 Reviews | 120 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy learning about obscure New York historical figures

Don't see it if You don't like leaving with more questions than answers.

39 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Rachel McPhee completely owns the small Shetler Bridge theater, bringing the story of Mary Shanley to life with humor and grace

Don't see it if You can't stand solo performances or if you hate women

12 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if you like strong women

Don't see it if you are under 14

6 Reviews | 3 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you enjoy original stories, historical drama, and strong female characters!

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

3 Reviews | 3 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You are a play lover, and appreciate seeing something that asks a lot of questions and makes you think. Also if you are pro-women!

Don't see it if You like more pomp and circumstance in your theater. Or if need to have everything figured out at the conclusion.

1 Review | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Resonant, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You love great acting and would love to fall for an NYC legend that has been too long forgotten.

Don't see it if Your a pickpocket...

1 Review | 1 Follower
Enchanting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like fantastically acted and well-researched, engaging theater!

Don't see it if you are a robot!

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
September 23rd, 2016

"Rachel McPhee, who plays Ms. Shanley in this solo show, is very personable and entertainingly physical. Her chosen accent, though, is strangely focused on one vowel sound: the one in goil...The script gives us only the outline of a life...If only the playwright or Stephen Kaliski, the director, could help us know whether we’re meant to feel sorry for Ms. Shanley as a lonely victim of sexism and for working undercover, or happy that she’s so darned good at her job."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 19th, 2016

"The idea of Shanley as a feminist pioneer who pays the price for independence would have gotten more traction if she were a more compelling character. Benson's portrait tends toward the maudlin...Rachel McPhee does her level best to endow Mary with plenty of New York attitude in a performance that, under the direction of Stephen Kaliski, may be scaled a little too broadly for the theatre's tiny footprint...'Dead Shot Mary' aims and misses the mark."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 15th, 2016

"The playwright has done a splendid job of capturing her life, and Ms. McPhee's performance is spot-on, including the perfectly intoned New York City working class speech patterns and rhythms she uses. Under Stephen Kaliski's direction, she is constantly in motion, taking us with her as she reenacts some of her exploits...All of the elements come together to paint a perfect portrait of this ordinary and yet remarkable woman."
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September 19th, 2016

“This one-woman show provides a thorough picture of what the police force was like back in the 1930’s and what was expected from the officers. Rachel McPhee delivers a captivating and heartfelt performance. She is candid and comical in her accounts of life as an undercover cop, having to camouflage her greatest accessory – her gun – when she was on assignment. Required to use her wit, intelligence, and resilience while on the job, Shanley made over 1,000 arrests in her 30-year career, a staggering record.”
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Theatre is Easy
September 21st, 2016

"The captivating and must-see life story of a New York hero you’ve never heard of...Performed with finespun gusto by Rachel McPhee...There are moments when Shanley feels a bit cartoonish, but McPhee's performance is so delightful minor faults are easy to forgive...Kaliski makes wonderful use of the stage and of Kyu Shin's set design...'Dead Shot Mary' is a must-see for history buffs and gender studies experts alike."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 15th, 2016

"Attention Acting Aficionados: Hie yourselves to The Bridge Theatre at Shetler Studios to see 'Dead Shot Mary.' Rachel McPhee’s bravura performance as Mary is not to be missed...The innovative play was written by Robert K. Benson; the skillful director is Stephen Kaliski...There’s no explanation as to why she doesn’t connect with other people...A longer work would permit more examination of specifics that illustrate the why of our sense of Mary’s aloneness."
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Stage Buddy
September 29th, 2016

"Rachel McPhee gives a remarkable and transcendent performance as Mary Shanley...The script is both thoughtful and relevant...Director Stephen Kaliski was certainly handed a gift with the talent he had in McPhee, and he makes excellent use of her abilities...'Dead Shot Mary' is fascinating, entertaining and even funny in moments, while also being absolutely riveting and moving. This is 'must-see' theater at its best."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
September 15th, 2016

"McPhee’s performance works best when she portrays Mary’s emotional and psychological vulnerabilities and talks to us, not at us; she’s certainly got the stuff to embody Mary’s iron handedness, but she works too hard at it, pushing the toughness and affecting the kind of stagey Nu Yawk accent you learn from dialect books...Too often Mary seems less an organic creation than a costume McPhee’s put on."
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