Mary Stuart (Hedgepig Ensemble)
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Mary Stuart (Hedgepig Ensemble)

Mary Stuart (Hedgepig Ensemble) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(34 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, 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?

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Member Reviews (34)

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716 Reviews | 219 Followers
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

656 Reviews | 129 Followers
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. Read more

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
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. Read more

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
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. Read more

308 Reviews | 56 Followers
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.

285 Reviews | 32 Followers
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 Read more

250 Reviews | 45 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

On Stage Blog
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 hours. Mary Candler as Mary Stuart exudes grace and quiet authority with a subtle ferocity bubbling beneath her saintly surface."
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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 playwright’s skewing of history is troubling...It’s hard to forget this history as I watched other productions of the play, but Hedgepig’s staging, direction by Emily Lyon, made me more comfortable."
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Classical NYC
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 stage, not denying their femininity nor their power. And in this beautiful production of an underproduced political thriller, audiences get the fun of seeing a world where women - quite literally - rule."
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