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"To mark the Summer of '89's parade of 40+ rockers on tour, Esther's raunchiest talent Margaret Wiley, who could eat Pete Townshend alive and spit him out like a peach pit, took The Who's rock opera Tommy, mulled it over in her heightened mind while watching CNN's coverage of Jim Bakker's nervous breakdown and public hallucinations, and the result is Tammy! -- a mock opera of epic proportions about the extreme danger inherent in the mixing of sex, evangelism, money, and Maybelline. Wiley is ruthlessly on target as Tammy Faye, her lyrics are deft and witty beyond your ability to keep up, and the whole shebang is brought off with enough technical bravura to make the Metropolitan Opera sit up and take notice."
-- John Job, October 13, 1989

"Margaret Wiley's voluptuous Chi Chi, with a Niagra of platinum tresses and colossal -- Kryptonite earrings, wilts the wills of her male victims in the audience with salacious panache, always a fresh twinkle in her eye."
-- Robert Faires, June 24, 1994

"What with Christmas upon us, the Follies have added some seasonal material to the staple regimen of skewered current events and standards. Best of this seasonal fare is Margaret Wiley's spinning of a Ukrainian Christmas Tale, incorporating talented (though unsuspecting) members of the audience. As the narrating Ukrainian, Wiley uses her charm and dark, ironic stare to entice our neophyte acting volunteers through the story of the nativity, Ukraine style, all pulled from a rather shabby cardboard box."
-- Robi Polgar, December 18, 1998

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    With Margaret Wiley, you didn’t have a one-trick pony; you had a multitude of talents and personalities in one big and big-hearted woman. Wiley’s friends and colleagues at Esther’s Follies offer their memories of this exceptional Austin comedian who died November 2.

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