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The Life and Death of Queen Margaret

Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
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Members
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16 reviews
 

Real Live Theatre presents a dance-theatre piece which liberates some of Shakespeare's most poignant feminist writing from plays about men and their experience of history.

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Queen Margaret was a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman, both historically and in Shakespeare’s 'Henry VI' trilogy and 'Richard III.' This piece brings her to the forefront of her own story by combining extant scenes from Shakespeare and occasional adapter-written chunks of iambic pentameter. What it cannot tell through words, it shows through choreography.

 


Reviews (17)

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90
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90
Stage Buddy

"As a result of Bercovici's and Dan Morbyrne's tight script (woven from Shakespeare but 'funneled and augmented') and Myka Plunkett's beautiful acting, Margaret of Anjou becomes decidedly whole and decidedly human...And the choice to cast an all-female ensemble, in a reversal of the Shakespearean norm, is a perfect touch. Music, lighting, dance, and inventive staging combine with a wise script, a unique aesthetic, and powerful acting to create the ultimate 'total work of art.'" Full Review

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70
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24
Dizzying, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if I cannot think of a reason, it was awful

Don't see it if No ifs, don't waste your time

74
Indulgent, Confusing, Entertaining, Avant garde

See it if you're a Shakespeare buff looking for a solid, community theatre-level production of a lesser-known work.

Don't see it if you don't like genderbent casting, or conversely, if you want a nuanced, innovative use of genderbending. The dance elements felt extraneous

80
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like Shakespeare and unique takes on Shakespeare, are interested in the life of a very interesting historical figure.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a kind of Shakespeare backstory; very well done combo of 3 or 4 plays

Don't see it if if you don't know anything about Henry 6 or Richard 3; or if you are not a Shakespeare fan; 2.5 hrs

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like a very intelligent show using excerpts from 4 Shakespeare's plays that include Queen Margaret, a fascinating woman.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or stories about very strong minded women. Women play all the roles

Also The staging is great with wonderfully choreographed transitions betwee... Read more Read less

72
Sincere, all-female cast, imaginative, earnest,

See it if you enjoy The Bard, care to see females in all roles, creative staging.

Don't see it if easily bored, don't love The Bard, ...if you want a laugh or two.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Great staging

See it if You like dramatic performances, Shakespeare's histories, medieval kings & queens, all female casts.

Don't see it if You only go to the theater for entertainment or Broadway plays, uninterested in experimental productions

Also I was absorbed by this retelling of the life of Margaret of Anjou thro... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you know and like the Shakespeare history plays, you enjoy theater that mixes classical and daring ideas

Don't see it if either Shakespeare is sacrosanct for you or you can't stand Shakespeare in any form

Also What if Shakespeare had written a history play about Margaret of Anjou... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare. It was very well researched. The choreography was very well done. Actresses {all female cast] knew their lines wel

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare or cannot watch a 2 and 1/2 hour show.

78
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy imaginative feminist interpretations of shakespeare.

Don't see it if You prefer straight Shakespeare. If you don't enjoy an all female cast. Or if you don't like actors playing multiple roles.

54
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You are a Shakespeare scholar interested in Shakespeare's women.

Don't see it if You like action.

26
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you love the author

Don't see it if you have any taste

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You would love to see a powerful twist on Shakespeare where WOMEN play all the roles a dominant female becomes the central charachter!

Don't see it if You are taking young children to the theater

Also This was such an engaging performance! From the staging to the choreog... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Epic, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare flipped on its head! Great choreography, thrilling performances, very moving. Great ensemble piece.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or long plays.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if You're feeling lost in this patriarchy, this presidency-it's important more than ever before to support female artists these women kill it!

Don't see it if History or historic queens doesn't interest you

90
Ambitious, Dizzying, Enchanting, Epic, Intelligent

See it if You have a passion for Shakespeare and the histories! If you love creative movement and dance! If you like Game of Thrones!

Don't see it if Shakespeare is difficult for you to follow