Monday, April 20, 2009

Rave Reviews for "Mary Stuart" on Broadway!!!!

Applause Theatre Service has compiled all of the reviews for "Mary Stuart" for your reading pleasure. The critics went nuts over this production(NY Times raved). If you are a theatre lover, this show is a must see! Here goes;

"Mary Stuart":
[ NYT ] Must I Remind Your Majesty, Two's a Crowd?, by Ben Brantley
Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter star in the terrifically exciting new production of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart.
[ NYP ] Queens For Any Day, by Elisabeth Vincentelli
A London import as gripping as it is elegant, Mary Stuart is packed with political machinations, mind games and rhetorical bouts about justice and power. Think of it as Frost/Nixon with women, beheadings, and ruffs.
[ DN ] A family battle royal in Mary Stuart, by Joe Dziemianowicz
What to do about that pesky cousin? Behead her? Have her killed? Let her rot in jail? Those questions face Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart, now on Broadway in a bold revival from London's Donmar Warehouse. Friedrich Schiller's drama, adapted by Peter Oswald, depicts shifting loyalties by all the queens' men, but this slice of history is all about the leading ladies.
[ ND ] Mary Stuart a riveting showcase, by Linda Winer
Mary Stuart, which opened last night in a production from London's Donmar Warehouse, is a riveting showcase for Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter—two towering actresses in a monumentally entertaining regina smackdown.
[ V ] Reviewed by David Rooney
Politics and power, in any age, are a dirty business. If the first Broadway transfer from the Donmar Warehouse, Frost/Nixon, was a keen reminder of that point, the London company's second transatlantic traveler, Mary Stuart, imparts the lesson even more trenchantly. The setting is late 16th-century England, and the writing dates back to 1800, but the spin, chicanery and ruthless self-preservation of a government that both abides by and manipulates public perception are timeless. Phyllida Lloyd's steely revival of the Friedrich Schiller play simmers and scalds as it should, but it's the deft balance of the parallel tragedies of two imprisoned queens that makes the production so enthralling.
[ BS ] Off With Her Head! As Queens Collide in Mary Stuart
Two of England's premier actresses, Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter, have returned Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart to Broadway after a 40-year absence.
[ BS ] Reviewed by David Sheward
Though the first few rounds are a trifle sluggish, the Donmar Warehouse production of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart builds into a thrilling bout between battling royalty.
[ CU ] Reviewed by Elyse Sommer
Broadway audiences rejoice. Janet McTeer, who won the Tony for her last Broadway appearance eleven years ago as a highly original Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, is back on Broadway and you couldn't ask for a more regal and steadfast Queen of Scots.
[ ATW ] Political Maneuvering, Human Frailties Deftly Delivered, by Andy Propst
Phyllida Lloyd's riveting staging of Schiller's Mary Stuart, which opened on Broadway last night, proves that a 200-year old play about events from the mid-sixteenth century can be a timely piece of political theater.
[ TM ] Queen-Sized! By: Joseph Marzullo; Text by Brian Scott Lipton
Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick, Ralph Fiennes, Carla Gugino, Jeremy Irons, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kevin Spacey join Janet McTeer, Harriet Walter and company for the Broadway opening of Mary Stuart.
[ MIRROR ] Liam Neeson makes first public appearance since wife Natasha Richardson's death By Beth Hardie
[ B ] Q&A : Janet McTeer
[ NYT ] Audio Slide Show: A Queen's Rain
A backstage look at the mechanics of the simulated storm in "Mary Stuart."
[ ND ] 'Mary Stuart' a riveting showcase BY LINDA WINER
Just when you think you're catching up with this speedway of a Broadway spring season, along comes a real stunner to move the finish line again. How thrilling.
[ YN ] McTeer and Walter dazzle in a royal 'Mary Stuart' By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic
The suspense is palpable despite the fact we know how the play will end. Credit director Phyllida Lloyd and adapter Peter Oswald, who have created a taut tale of political intrigue, a bruising contest in which the prize is England itself.
[ TM ] Mary Stuart Reviewed by: David Finkle
Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter give bravura performances in this excellent production of Friedrich Schiller's historical drama.
[ THR ] Review: Mary Stuart By Frank Scheck
Friedrich von Schiller's 200-year-old historical drama comes to blazing theatrical life.
[ BR ] Suit and tie add modern touch to memorable power struggle BY ROBERT FELDBERG
The revival of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play "Mary Stuart," which opened Sunday at the Broadhurst Theatre, is vibrant, audacious and, as the plots are hatched that will send Mary to the gallows, improbably funny.
[ TB ] Mary Stuart Review by Matthew Murray
Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter, who respectively play Mary and Elizabeth, are the fiery centerpieces of this searing production, which uses Peter Oswald's new version of Friedrich Schiller's go-for-broke 1800 script and has been directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
[ EW ] Review: Mary Stuart by Aubry D'Arminio (B+)
[ AMNY ] Review of Mary Stuart by Matt Windman (2.5 out of 4 Stars)

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