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Mary Stuart (Hedgepig Ensemble)

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the show

In Friedrich Schiller's "Mary Stuart," both Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I, Queen of England, have a claim to the throne — one is imprisoned and the other is in power. What happens when they clash? More…

As more candidates join the field for the 2020 election, we hear the refrain, "I'm ready for a woman president...but not that woman". Over 400 years later, we still see a similar narrative as two powerful female leaders from history are challenged to prove their worth. Hedgepig will host a series of pre-show panels to further engage in this conversation.


Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Entertaining
84
Avg Score

75
Indulgent, Intrigue filled, Poetic, Historical, Intelligent

See it if Elizabethan style play with poetic language and strong acting. Opposing political factions maneuver for power, crushing individual humanity.

Don't see it if Once the theme was established, it felt somewhat repetitive. Lengthy speeches & two-faced behavior.

89
Historical, Well-played, Dramatic, Exciting

See it if you’d like to see a clear, powerful production of one of the most important plays in the history of European theater.

Don't see it if old plays bore you.

Also There's nothing fancy about the Hedgepig Ensemble’s production of Frie... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if well written, highly dramatic theater excites you. A classic play exceptionally well done.

Don't see it if your theatrical preference is for contemporary comedy or musicals. This is a costume drama.

89
Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like history from that time period.

Don't see it if You want the whole story, dislike the time period. It's on the four floor so a lot of walking stairs.

Also This show moves at a good pace, it did not feel long. The acting is ex... Read more Read less

85
Great direction, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy a somewhat fanciful, but unique, view of the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I.

Don't see it if "historical" plays and long (the running time is about 2:45) plays don't interest you.

Also the play is an "apology" for the actions of Mary Queen of Scots and th... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An ambitious choice for a small theater company and a small budget but they pull it off beautifully.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of long talky plays. However, there's plenty of action and excitement and the writing is gorgeous.

85
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like historical, dramatic plays. Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I kept the drama going with great acting and great script.

Don't see it if you have trouble with stairs as the theater is on the 4th floor; or if you have no interest in 16th century drama.

Also I found the acting to be mostly good - and exceptionally good by both ... Read more Read less

89
Enchanting, Intelligent, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if enjoy plays of historical political intrigue that reflect issues of today

Don't see it if you have difficulty following "Shakespearean" language or actors playing multiple roles

Also The play has a surprising amount of humor

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love British history, you love plays about women, power, and love

Don't see it if you are bored by history, you can't concentrate on serious works

94
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like historical plays with strong female lead, great acting, a great dramatic story between two cousins ruled England & Scotland

Don't see it if Heavy language, history, drama, very long play (almost 3 hrs) does not interest you

Also What an amazing story, very well acted. 3 hours passed like a breeze

85
Long, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like historical-political drama about trying to manipulate to save or take a sad woman's life. Like Shakespearean styled performances.

Don't see it if you mind a very long running time and an iffy costuming decision. Not interested in seeing manipulation and religious intolerance portrayed.

Also So the costuming I liked as they basically set all but the Queens in o... Read more Read less

75
Odd set and costumes, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like stories about strong women

Don't see it if You're upset about historical inaccuracies

85
Intelligent, Good directing, Fine acting, Clever

See it if Female actors excellent; mixed bag of male, some quite good. Worth seeing for historical perspective.

Don't see it if Quite talky, and a disconcerting mix of acting styles

86
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like a historical political drama that is beautifully written with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the power struggle between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart

92
A wonderful production with superb acting

See it if you love period pieces with a twist. Great space, moving piece.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays. But go any way its worth it

100
Entertaining, Must see, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of historical figures with a modern edge to it.

Don't see it if If you are a purist for historical rendition storytelling.

Also The acting was fantastic. Each actor put their heart and soul into the... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of this play or historical figures. Great acting.

Don't see it if If you wouldn’t be interested in these historical figures and this telling of their story.

Also One of my all time favorite Broadway plays I saw in 2009 with Janet Mc... Read more Read less

83
Intense, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in historical dramas, know the history of queen elizabeth and mary stuart

Don't see it if You do not like long shows or intelligent historical dramas

Also Really great play, wonderful acting. Engagin story, interesting for an... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Relevant, Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you love plays about queens.

Don't see it if You Don’t like long plays.

60
Ambitious, Intelligent, Insipid

See it if You enjoy historical dramas and like small productions with a lot of monologues. Great female leads but lack a balanced counterpart

Don't see it if The modern approach of the play fell short and some of the performances although passionate felt long and overwhelming.

55
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You like slow moving historical plays that consider themselves modern bc the male actors inexplicably wear modern clothing

Don't see it if You expect a modern take on Mary Stuart. Literally the only thing modernized is that a few male actors wear modern clothing. It’s strange.

Also Why bother calling it a modern twist? Was hoping for the plot or somet... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if The story and acting were compelling and powerful.

Don't see it if Its was a "tad" on the long side (2+ hours with an intermission). Probably could have been tightened a little but I enjoyed every minute

75
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in British history, you like political stories.

Don't see it if you want something action-packed - it's fairly slow paced and ruminative.

79
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if Creatively staged and mostly very well acted historical drama from a terrific young theatre company.

Don't see it if You can't climb stairs and three hours is too long for you to sit in uncomfortable seats. Otherwise, support the work of this company.

85
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see powerful acting and beautiful use of the language. The writing is captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Don't see it if Don’t see the show if you are not a fan of classic language and period pieces. Also, if you’re not in the mood for huge chunks of history.


April 18th, 2019
“Fresh take on perhaps the world’s most iconic sister rivalry...A production fit for a Queen...The lighting expertly tells the complex story...Under deft direction by Emily Lyon, the play gallops through back-room-betrayals, secrets, and professions of the heart in a lively but brisk almost three...
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April 19th, 2019
"Direction is smooth and smart...It's clear that the whole cast was extremely well-prepared, making this verse crackle with energy and intention...If there are criticisms of this play, they rest almost entirely with the text...Still, it's thrilling to see the embodiment of 'strong women' on the s...
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May 23rd, 2019
"Sometimes the best theatre experience is at the small, off off-Broadway houses...And it’s even better when the company brings its passion to the stage, as Hedgepig Ensemble did to their revival...I have major problems with Schiller’s play. I can easily suspend disbelief in other works but the pl...
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