Henry V

(Hamlet Isn't Dead)

 

"The cast works truly as an ensemble, so that it seems almost disingenuous to single any one actor out for her contribution to the whole... However, no matter the strength of the ensemble, uneasy lies the play without a lead, and many an otherwise wonderful Henry V has fallen flat because the war-like Harry was only serviceable at best... Fortunately, HID's Henry V is anchored by none other than long-time company member, Megan Greener.  With sharp features and a deadpan wit, Greener shines best when given wry lines: whether cutting to pieces the insulting gift of tennis balls that begins the play, or attempting to woo the French princess by the journey's end.  Her heroic moments thrill as well, such as entering fearlessly to the sound of drums for 'Once more unto the breach.'  Old canards sound new in her mouth, so that the St. Crispin Day's speech - a speech that I have heard so often as to cringe at its first lines - is given new breath, new desperation, new hope and vitality in Greener's honest telling.  While her speech considering the heaviness of her office is given all the painful weight of a Hamlet considering his position."

  • - Emily C.A. Snyder, Classical NYC

Tilt the Unlit Candle
(Luna Stage Company - Co-Production with StrangeDog Theatre)

"The absolute best take on the mandatory snowfall in a holiday production happens in “Tilt the Unlit Candle” by Ben Clawson...Without giving the surprise away, the way it happens this time around is not exactly the expected miracle – and less than usual is as one might predict in this fresh new play. Presented in collaboration with StrangeDog Theatre, “Tilt the Unlit Candle” explores the familiar terrain of friendships made, families reunited and faith restored – but in a way that feels contemporary and not too slick..."

- Ronni Reich, The Star Ledger

 

"...newly pregnant Kathleen, who bemoans the state of her housekeeping and fears she will not be able to give her unborn child the wonderful Christmases her mother gave to her family year in and year out. Megan Greener's angst is palpable underneath a rather nasty disposition; when she delivers her character's final speech, Greener (above, left) gives us a glimpse of a rather desperate young woman on the verge of a life-changing event that truly terrifies her." 

- Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

  

"Another amusing, but poignant segment is the banter between a young pregnant woman, Kathleen (Megan Greener) who has come to this church simply because it is closest to her home and the well-meaning but verbally inept Chair of the Welcoming Committee, Fred (Scott Cagney). Cagney is excellent, properly boobish with a kind, caring manner. Megan Greener impresses as the sensitive young woman facing an uncertain future."

- Rick Busciglio, Northern New Jersey Theatre Examiner

TITUS ANDRONICUS
(Hamlet Isn't Dead - WOW Café Theatre)

"Like many of Shakespeare's early plays that Hamlet Isn't Dead has explored, this show is all about the women... Megan Greener's performance as Lavinia, expertly costumed and acted after the character's loss of hands, tongue and chastity, provides an eerie counterpoint to the otherwise comic level of violence."

- Natalie Sacks, CHARGED.fm

 

"Lavinia, Titus’ tormented daughter, was carried off beautifully by Megan Greener. She played Lavinia’s haughty and arrogant beginning like a stuck up ‘mean girl’, and transitioned nicely into the animalistic victim. Prior to her appearance onstage after Lavinia’s rape and mutilation, the audience laughed as Chiron and Demetrius poking fun at the maimed Lavinia. As she appeared onstage you felt the house get quiet as we all felt a little ashamed for laughing at this girl. Lavinia was covered in blood. It was perhaps the most frightening image all night. This is a hard role, as the rest of it is played without words – but Shakespeare does give the actress some key markers and moments of action – to which Greener paid specific attention and found justification and reason for doing these actions. She didn’t need words, we understood her."

...Titus Andronicus is a sick, bloody, brutal, and hysterically funny gore fest of a play, and ‘Hamlet Isn’t Dead’ whole-heartedly embraced the genre. My favorite moment of the evening had to be when the cast stood up for their bows – their clothes and bodies covered in blood, the white set splattered with red left behind from all the previous scenes – they were a mess – but they had the biggest smiles on their faces. You couldn’t help but leave the theatre laughing – and perhaps a bit of blood on your shoes on the way out!" 


- Noelle Fair, OnStage New York

BASIC HELP
(Frigid NY Festival - Under St. Marks Theatre)

"... Basic Help is the story of two people caught in the “vast emptiness” of their lives. The story’s two characters collide during a customer service call over the case of a broken blender, forming an unusual relationship... All that needs to be known is that with the help of two exceptional actors at the helm, StrangeDog has mastered the skill of approachable yet surprising theater, making it feel personal and insightful to our contemporary human condition."

- FABnyc, East Village Arts

 

"...The feasibility of BASIC HELP sits squarely on the shoulders of Greener and Johnson and both do a wonderful job of breathing life into their characters.  Even more-so, their nuanced performance allows you to watch as they grow closer, even as the two actors never lock eyes or even face each other. No small feat. In just the act of simple phone calls they call forth humor, poignancy and even emptiness. They succeed in finding things that not only connect them to each other, but to the audience as well."

- Karen Tortora-Lee, The Happiest Medium



"...Actors Johnson and Greener both bring appealing energy to their roles and show talent for both drama and comedy. All of these factors help to make Basic Help a show that is sure to have you laughing out loud. Unlike many shows in festivals, this one feels like finished, complete play, and hopefully this is one we will see again after Frigid."


- Adrienne Urbanski, Theatre Is Easy

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
(The Queens Players - Secret Theatre)

"The circus theme works best with the climactic Mechanicals scene, as they present their play within a play in full clown attire. Even though I've sat through that scene too many times to count over the years, it's a testament to both the cast and Shakespeare's words that this time seemed completely fresh and thrilling. Each one of the working-class thespians is a delight to behold -- Zack Friedman as Snout, Evan Greene as Quince, Ryan Krause as Snug, Marcus Watson as Flute, and the terrific Megan Greener as Starveling."

- Nick Leshi, City if Kik

 

"The actors were rightfully cast, though the players, most notably Blaine Smith, as Bottom, and Megan Greener, as Starveling, stole the show with excellent chemistry and the over-the-top goofiness required for the fictional mediocre theater troupe."

- Tess McRae, The Queens Chronicle

 

"After a quick review of the Queens theater scene for 2013 one thing became increasingly clear: The past 12 months could be labeled the "Women of the Year." ...Whether comedy, drama or musical, the performances that stayed with you long after the curtain fell were created by a handful of actresses giving Manhattan-caliber performances. In some cases, these women provided the strongest reason to see the show... To that end, TimesLedger Newspapers is proud to present its first Queens Kudos Awards to the following: 

... Outstanding supporting actress in a play ... Megan Greener in the double roles of Starveling and Cobweb in the Queens Players version earns the top nod. As a member of the performing troupe comprised of village tradesmen, led by Bottom, Greener is able to communicate joy, sorrow and shame without saying a word. But she speaks volumes through her expressive eyes and slightly exaggerated movements. Greener provides some of the show’s biggest laughs, but she is definitely in on the joke."

- Kevin Zimmerman, The Times Ledger

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
(The Queens Players - The Secret Theatre)

“Personal favorites include... Megan Greener, with slumped shoulders and an air of futility, wears her plastic bag costume and cap with the clearest absurdist intent.”

-Cliff Kasden, The Queens Courier

 

“The play is presented in keeping with the Queens Players motto to stage classics in a thought-provoking way… The lights go up, and in come the messengers — three men and one little woman with a yell as big as her counterparts’ stature…”

-Josey Bartlett, The Queens Chronicle

RICHARD III
(Alliance Repertory Theatre)

“There was never any indication from Michael Driscoll, artistic director, that Richard III would be performed as a comedic vehicle. It was actually a complete surprise when the lovely, exceptionally talented Megan Greener comically stepped forward to introduce herself as the play’s director, rather than Artem Yatsunov, who also adapted the play…  And all the actors… were to perform multiple roles, including Greener herself, who, by the way, is an acting teacher and assistant director in the Fine Arts Connection in Montville.

“The performers were absolutely amazing as they delivered gobs of the Bard’s difficult dialogue, word for word – a challenge to any actor - and especially to these magnificent seven – because of their multiple roles.

“With Greener enacting the roles of Earl Rivers, The Duchess of York; William Catesby, and the Earl of Richmond, and in the meantime, keeping a sharp, but humorous eye on the other performers, royal murders were plotted, wars were fought and bloody throats were severed.”

-Bea Smith, Union County LocalSource

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