Hamlet - Hamlet Isn’t Dead
“As for the two leads themselves, opening night beheld Megan Greener as a divine, earth-rumbling Hamlet. Usually wary of gender-swaps, this reviewer found Greener to fully embody a refreshing, delightful Hamlet, devoid of any character or textual changes that lessened this iconic, brooding, and explosive Dane. In fact, seeing Hamlet as an identifying woman lent a new power to their progression from depression to mania, coupled with complex relationships to both their parents and also to their lover. It is unfortunately all too rare to see female characters with such a range of human emotion and motive on stage, and Greener’s provocative, nuanced performance made me furious Hamlet was not originally written for her.”
- Natalie Rine, Onstage Blog
“…. what Rightmyer (director) is exploring is the nature of grief subverted. Specifically, how the inability to express grief goes septic, how bottling or bypassing grief can make the living go mad.
This thesis is achingly realized in Megan Greener's portrayal of the Melancholy Dane. Her astonishment and yearning at encountering the ghost of her father, her anguish when she sees him again in the closet scene only to lose him as he goes out the casement, and each resultant act of desperation co-mingle together to create a portrait that leaves the viewer in tears, thinking of lost loved ones.
Added to this is Greener's ability to be absolutely present in every moment, to bring nuance to every line, as though the thought had never been put together in that way before. Not only does she nail ‘the speech,’ making ‘That is the question’ as much a revelation as a statement, but she plays with the text and each character nimbly, effortlessly commanding center stage.”
- Emily C.A. Snyder, Classical NYC
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Hamlet Isn't Dead
"A truly excellent cast across the board … As the clowns (and constables) Dogberry and Verges, Megan Greener and Morgan Hooper are effing hilarious; their charm comes from the earnestness with which they are deeply, saturatedly clueless. "
- Zelda Knapp, A work unfinishing
"Long-time HID veterans Morgan Hooper (Verges/Don John, previously Richard II) and Megan Greener (Dogberry, who shone as the titular Henry V) steal the show, with some hilarious antics involving imaginary modes of transportation that in other circumstances wouldn't work, but in their capable hands prove some of the funniest gags throughout the night. "
- Emily C.A. Snyder, Classical NYC
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/ StrangeDog Theatre Co.
"...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
"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."
- Noelle Fair, OnStage New York
BASIC HELP - StrangeDog Theatre Co./ FRigid NY/Luna Stage
"... 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 - 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