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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.