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Dead Shot Mary

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

A pioneer for females in law enforcement, Mary Shanley joined the NYPD in 1931, quickly becoming a Gotham all-star and tabloid sensation. Making a staggering 1,000 career arrests, she became the fourth woman in history to make Detective First Grade—and then nearly lost it all.

Member Reviews (11)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting
Avg Score

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.

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.

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

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if you like strong women

Don't see it if you are under 14

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.

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.

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...

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!

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you enjoy a really intense, well done performance & a really interesting character study.

Don't see it if your looking for something light or showy.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy great acting, clever character-driven solo performance, and like a little herstory with your evening of entertainment.

Don't see it if Dislike short shows or are envious of great accent/dialect work.

During previews
Original, Intelligent

See it if you love learning history tidbits of NYC. See it if you are a woman, or believe in women's capabilities, or need a reminder of them. We rank

Don't see it if you need a lot of razzle dazzle

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, ...
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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 th...
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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 reena...
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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 ...
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