The stage play written by and starring Frank Barrie toured 65 countries for 22 years and was acclaimed around the world. In New York, here's what they say.
What they say in NEW YORK . . .
Barrie is an actor of infinite resource, scholarship and intelligence. He holds the audience beautifully by the strings of strange history. So we laugh a lot, learn something and thus are educated. A triumphant and gorgeous evening.
Clive Barnes, New York Post
Barrie's performance is magnificent. He is by turns witty, magnetic and every inch the actor. "Macready!" is a fabulous show that richly deserves to be seen by everyone who loves the theatre.
Charles Ryweek, Hollywood Reporter
There is hardly a moment in "Macready!" that is not engrossing, not gently enlightening about what constitutes theatre. It speaks to all of us who have and love our work and are sincere in our pretending and ashamed of our pretensions.
John Simon, New York Magazine
Frank Barrie's "Macready!" has immense charm. He teaches us about the Theatre of another era, but the lesson is emotional as well as intellectual because Barrie can convey Macready's tone so convincingly. This is a moving and exhilarating portrait.
Howard Kissel, Women's Wear Daily
"Macready!" is a one man triumph: an engaging and intellectually stirring portrait: pungently alive.
Emory Lewis, The Record
"Macready!" plunges us vividly into the atmosphere and attitudes of another age. A superbly funny and impressive display of solo virtuosity.
David Sterrit, Christian Science Monitor
"Macready!" is always interesting, often amusing and occasionally moving. A delineation of a life in the theatre that provides a fascinating evening.
Leida Snow, W.I.N.S. Radio
"Macready!" is funny, zestful and above all informative. Superb entertainment which will cause you to laugh, smile and be enthralled. I was surprised, delighted and overwhelmed.
Bob Weiner, B.L.S. Radio
Frank Barrie has written himself quite a meaty role and he unequivocally proves that he's sup to its demands. His compelling portrait has great depth, conviction and credibility. He makes the difficult look effortless. "Macready!" is an historically enlightening biography that is entertaining and well worth seeing.
Brian Bradley, Tomorrows Television Tonight
"Macready!" is a boon to the stage struck. What we learn is exactly what we wanted to know. An impressive accomplishment, with humour and style.
Edith Oliver, The New Yorker
"Macready!" is excellently written and extremely well performed by Frank Barrie. A witty and fascinating evening.
William Great, Sunday Press
Marvellously entertaining - an engaging and dimensional portrait of the most far sighted of players.
Joan Nourse, The Catholic News
"Macready!" is absorbing, funny and irresistible.
Allan Wallach, News Day