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Mary Stuart (Hedgepig Ensemble)

From 1 critic and 27 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.

On Stage Blog

“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." Full Review

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Fast-paced, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy seeing a classic play in a fast-paced telling. The language is both poetic and completely accessible. The acting is top notch.

Don't see it if you hate sitting for 2.5 hours. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it's not short.

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

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.

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.

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

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Must see, Riveting

See it if You appreciate fast-paced historical drama, great acting, beautiful costuming, smart yet humorous word play, supporting women in the arts

Don't see it if You can’t sit for more than 2 hours (there IS an intermission...with wine) or you have a deep loathing of “history plays”

Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're a classical theatre buff but also if you're not! The actors do such a great job at communicating the text!

Don't see it if you're a fan of patriarchal values.

Intense, Ambitious, Must see, Great acting

See it if you love history, great acting, and badass women.

Don't see it if indie theatre isn't your thing.

Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you like a timely show with great acting, thoughtful direction, and Queeeeeeens!

Don't see it if western european historical fiction isn't your bag.

Great staging, Epic, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to be WOWed by incredibly impressive acting, you're a history buff, you want to think "what would I do?", you like HIGH drama!

Don't see it if You only like comedies, you don't appreciate a flair for the dramatic, you're not interested in crazy true stories!

Cast & Creatives (17)