Matthew McGee
Reviews

The Rocky Horror Show

 

"McGee as Frank N. Furter is sublime...but he raises this tendency to a whole new level in Rocky Horror. Insinuating himself into couplings with Brad and Janet both, chasing after Rocky with the avidity of a sex-maniac Victor Frankenstein, McGee is at once Master of Ceremonies and First Victim of his sexual democracy."

- Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing Tampa

 

"Matt McGee brings a classic farcical sensibility to Frank N. Furter, less leering drag queen and more Shakespearean Fool. Decked out in black lace stockings, high-heeled boots, a leather corset and top hat with feather, he bears an alarming resemblance to Angela Lansbury. Sure, he's a raunchy sci-fi satyr in songs like Sweet Transvestiteand I Can Make You a Man, but there's a surprisingly lyrical touch to his rendition of I'm Going Home, Frank's Judy Garland moment when he removes his wig and earrings to sing from the heart."

- John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times

 

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP

 

"Matthew McGee's two primary roles are Lord Edgar Hillcrest and Jane Twisden. His flawless delivery and his uncanny ability to draw out certain lines interminably make scenes even more hilarious as he ruthlessly lampoons the genre in this brilliant burlesque. As Jane, he is snooty and cheeky. As Lord Edgar, he is brooding and hysterically glum."

- TBN Weekly

 

"McGee covers the thespian waterfront as both Jane Twisden, the resentful housekeeper, and Lord Edgar, the tweedy master of the manor, who makes a memorable entrance from the moors, lugging a wolf carcass under his arm, a sprig of heather in hand."

- St. Petersburg Times

 

"Matthew McGee and Brian Webb Russell are so hilarious as they romp through Charles Ludlam's farce, we don't need a full two hours to feel happy and fulfilled. "

- Creative Loafing

 

THE FROGS

 

"About a third of the way into Act II of The Frogs, Matthew McGee makes his first appearance, and the evening's comedy finally blossoms...McGee appears as Pluto, Gay King of the Underworld, and he's a campy, self-parodying delight...When Pluto leaves the stage and Shaw appears, it turns out to be McGee again, bearded this time, and spewing witticisms with such panache, it might be the Irish genius himself."

- Creative Loafing

 

"...Pluto, ruler of the underworld, who comes across like Paul Lynde in hell in the hilarious performance of Matthew McGee."

- St. Petersburg Times

 

"The actors gave outstanding performances all around, with an extra nod to McGee for his flamboyant take on Pluto."

- Tampa Tribune

 

RED, WHITE & TUNA

 

"It's only after Budd and McGee take their well-deserved bows at the end of the show that it sinks in they've been performing non-stop for two and a half hours, creating new characters in the blink of an eye, complete with costumes, makeup and dialogue. It's a phenomenal feat that takes extraordinary talent that only a very few actors possess."

- St. Petersburg Times

 

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

 

"Matthew exudes supreme confidence and narcissism in "Give Them What They Want," the opening number. McGee has the stature to pull off this role...the kind of face that can show emotion with but the twitch of his mouth or a lift of the eyebrows. Yet he shows great sensitivity when he sings "Love Sneaks In."

– Tampa Tribune 

 

"McGee, who has established himself as a star in the Tampa Bay area, plays Lawrence for broad laughs, delightfully mugging it up and rolling his eyes, but keeping just enough dignity to establish Lawrence as the cool one…McGee and Ursua make a great team, playing off each other as comfortably as longtime cohorts."

– St. Petersburg Times 

 

THE NEW CENTURY

 

"In the performance by Matthew McGee at American Stage, Mr. Charles is thoroughly, embarrassingly politically incorrect, and he is hilarious...McGee steals the show with his campy chutzpah..."

-St. Petersburg Times

 

"The American Stage "After Hours" production offers two outstanding performances — by Annie Morrison and Matthew McGee ...hosted by the flamboyant Mr. Charles, played nearly perfectly by McGee. Thanks to this performer, the sequence is funny and unpredictable..."

- Creative Loafing

 

NUNSENSE A-MEN

 

"The most and biggest laughs are provided by Matthew McGee as the Mother Superior. McGee gets most of the good lines, his over-the-top physical humor is hilarious, and his ad-libs, asides and break-ups slyly acknowledge that the 24-year-old show has whiskers in more ways than one."

– St. Petersburg Times 

 

"McGee is positively stupendous as Mother Superior…It's not easy being a Mother Superior, but he pulls it off with great panache."

– Tampa Tribune 

 

NUNCRACKERS

 

"No simple paragraph can do justice to McGee's fantastic performance, and when you see him equally at home in a cooking apron, priest's robes, a feathered headdress or a pink tutu, you'll know you are seeing the work of a consummate professional."

– Quad City Times

 

CABARET

 

"…this is a masterfully subtle performance. McGee's Emcee is a brash and bombastic figure…McGee's performance best exemplifies the evolution of Berlin from a town that parties all night to one that is ruled by a totalitarian political party. The full depth of that transformation is revealed in McGee's performance."

– Valdosta Daily Times

 

THE BIG BANG

 

"The utter witlessness of the material actually highlights the talents of Budd and McGee…That the actors can remain so likeable, so energetic and even charismatic in the face of such intensely awful writing makes one long to see them take on something more worthy of their talents."

– St. Petersburg Times

 

"Both McGee and Budd can really sing, though this skill is seems almost secondary to their comic timing."

– Tampa Tribune

 

"McGee and Budd have an endearing Mutt and Jeff quality…and their comic timing is impeccable."

– Sarasota Herald Tribune

 

"Budd and McGee go together like peanut butter and jelly…In other words, comfort food."

– Creative Loafing

 

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

 

"Matthew McGee's Ben Hecht, a curmudgeonly, sarcastic, dyspeptic soul who isn't impressed by Fleming, Selznick or himself."

– Creative Loafing

 

"McGee's depiction of Hecht borders on comic brilliance as he balances the character's social conscience with the outlandishness of the entire situation."

– Seminole Beacon

 

"McGee gets plenty of laughs."

– St. Petersburg Times

 

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

 

"McGee as the self-righteous Watchdog journalist, Melvin P. Thorpe, is in his element sporting a pompadour wig and more sequins than Liberace."

– Tampa Tribune

 

VICTOR/VICTORIA

 

"…Matthew McGee proves again that he is, arguably, the region's most gifted performer…his sparkling portrayal of a gay man with a lonely heart of gold."

– St. Petersburg Times

 

SEUSSICAL

 

"For the number Havin' A Hunch, the stage was pitch black as ghostly apparitions danced; complete darkness may have been a technical error but McGee's comments as the cat made it seem like it was part of the show which, maybe, too, it was supposed to be. McGee is a funny, funny cat."

– Valdosta Daily Times

 

ALL THE GREAT BOOKS

 

"Matthew McGee is simultaneously silly and pompous as the professor. Wiggling his eyebrows and scrunching his face a la Paul Lynde."

– Sarasota Herald Tribune

 

"If these three performers get any tighter and quicker, they will meld into one performance."

– Tampa Tribune