Brian Dykstra SELLING OUT

Brian Dykstra SELLING OUT

Brian Dykstra SELLING OUT

Margarett Perry director

Margarett Perry director

Margarett Perry director

Margarett Perry director

Margarett Perry director

“Not all the stand-outs are human. This fantastical musical odyssey gets a boost from dozens of puppets — flapping birds, blooming flowers, blind mice, a gingerbread man (tortured by human soldiers brandishing spatulas and rolling pins) and a gorgeously scary dragon who exists in segments of head, wings and tail and is whisked about the stage like a Chinese kite. You’ll be a believer!”

- Harford Courant



“The steam is rising from a bubbling pot when you walk into San Francisco Playhouse for the world premiere of “Seared,” and if you arrive early enough, get close to the stage and have sharp olfactory receptors, you’ll sniff the aroma of sizzling garlic and onions. Since this play is a commission by Theresa Rebeck, it’s not just the food in the functioning kitchen of Bill English’s set design that sizzles. ‘Seared,’ which opened Saturday, under the taut direction of Margarett Perry, starts on high heat and gets only hotter.”

-  San Francisco Chronicle


“The words that Rebeck has put in the characters' mouths can find the luminous in the mundane, and they glow even more in director Margarett Perry's production that is filled with pauses, gestures, movements, and subtle inflections provided by a cast that seems intuitively at one with the material. It's not really a question of who created what, or how the pieces are so flawlessly mitered, for it is a unified invention by the time it reaches the audience.”

- Bay Area Reporter


“Ferociously articulate dialogue in a hail of David Mamet-ian Testosterone Speak. Sharp performances across the board. A fairy tale for our time!”

- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


 “Brian Dykstra is a master of language, absurd flights of fancy and raw, unbridled emotion and director Margarett Perry gets the best out of him. A visiting production from a New York performer who must be seen to be believed.”

- Huffington Post, 2013 Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions


"Whimsical... Boisterously Funny... Call Me Waldo, directed with just the right lightness 
by Margarett Perry, makes for an engaging 95 minutes"

- Frank Scheck, New York Post

call me waldo

"At last! A real, grown-up American play! It poses its ethical dilemmas with a fierce intelligence, creating a slippery drama that is full of meat. Margarett Perry's production is slick and smart, and the three performances are spot-on. Something to really chew on."

- The Guardian

Clean Alternatives

"Director Margarett Perry plays the physical comedy to the max. All four actors shape strong-willed characters, 
and the final blow-out scene is magnificent."

- Ithaca Journal

Private Lives

"It goes great places! Margarett Perry keeps the tone light, but the lightness is mostly a counterpoint to Dykstra's bleak assessment. It's a grim play with a happy face, and when it really gets down to business, it makes an uncomfortable amount of sense."

- Variety

A Play on Words

"Director Margarett Perry, expertly establishing an uneasy atmosphere that ebbs and flows between awkward tension and frenzied chaos, assembles a naturally compatible, first-rate quartet."

- Dayton Most Metro

God of Carnage

"The Kitchen Theatre Company closes its 16th season not with a bang but an explosion - of laughter erupting from the audience. You can doubtless hear it from a block away. The cause is the sassy regional premiere of David Wiltse's 'A Marriage Minuet'" brilliantly directed by Margarett Perry at a madcap pace. You may want to see it twice!"

- The Ithaca Journal

A Marriage Minuet

"Under the delicate direction of Margarett Perry, Howe's humorous, touching tale is well-secured…Very engaging. Heartbreaking."

- Dayton City Paper, Critics Pick

Painting Churches

"Under Margarett Perry's always-dynamic direction, their three perspectives on 'blood and belonging' repeatedly unfold, preen, spar, change direction, change themselves. As the emotional stakes increase, there's barely chance to catch one's breath - especially since the play's momentum is propelled by that signature dykstravagant love of language. Lots of it, delivered by thinking characters whose mouths move as fast as their minds. Lest this sound overwhelming, be assured it's also very clever, very funny, and tenderly human - this is a love story that has to reinvent itself."

- Ithaca Journal

The Two of You

"A Triumph. A sharp, hilarious, and heartfelt work that offers a new take on the age-old mysteries of love and loss. Dykstra has been blessed with a capable and intuitive director in Perry, who has shaped his story into a lean character-driven vehicle for their three main actors."

- Critics Pick

Spill the Wine

"Margarett Perry directs this final production of the 2011-2012 season and she creates a theatrical event that boasts the spectacle of artistic explosion while exhibiting the precision of a fencer and their foil."

- Examiner

Late: A Cowboy Song

"Director Margarett Perry's vision is perceptive and her cast dazzling. The play at every moment is about real people, real emotions, real strains in the human fabric that arise from and yet transcend racial and class differences. An intense portrait of love and betrayal in a compromised society."

- Ithaca Journal