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"Direction is smooth and smart...It's clear that the whole cast was extremely well-prepared, making this verse crackle with energy and intention...If there are criticisms of this play, they rest almost entirely with the text...Still, it's thrilling to see the embodiment of 'strong women' on the stage, not denying their femininity nor their power. And in this beautiful production of an underproduced political thriller, audiences get the fun of seeing a world where women - quite literally - rule." Full Review
“What works, works brilliantly...Pragel's fight direction was smart, cinematic, and spectacular...It was apparent that several times actors were simply left to sit on the steps and deliver the text...A physical abandonment that...somewhat muddied relationships between sets of characters...Sometimes the clown elements felt out of place...This production had several electrifying moments, and the whole concept came together...A riotous good time and a smart presentation." Full Review
“'As You Like It' invites serious dramaturgical meddling, which can either perform disastrously or, as in the case of Hamlet Isn't Dead's all-female summer production, can illuminate Shakespeare's themes...It seamlessly trims Shakespeare's fat...The diverse cast is uniformly excellent, and it's a relief to see women of every ethnicity and body shape shine in comic turns and heartfelt moments...Fantabulous music composed by Joy and performed by the whole cast.” Full Review
"A riotous and nuanced 'Henry V'...Rightmyer offers one of the most intelligent cuts of the script I have ever seen...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...The St. Crispin Day's speech...is given new breath, new desperation, new hope and vitality in Greener's honest telling...One of the best productions of this play it has been my pleasure to attend. Highly recommended." Full Review
"What Rightmyer is exploring is the nature of grief subverted. Specifically, how the inability to express grief goes septic, how bottling grief can make the living go mad. This thesis is achingly realized in Greener's portrayal of the Melancholy Dane...Hamlet Isn't Dead's signature brand is a swift Shakespeare, with fun, music, and considerable ad-libbed clowning, which means that for years, I've been wondering whether HID could pull 'Hamlet' off. The answer: Absolutely Yes." Full Review
"Not the first actor-director to trod the boards as the Melancholy Dane, but he is one of the successful ones...It's worth appreciating how Winkelstein cut the script to make a 90-minute 'Hamlet' not just one long soliloquy interrupted by short scenes, but a true sense of ensemble...In our current NY theatrical landscape, where 'clever' Shakespeare is sometimes held more highly than telling the story cleanly and with emotion, it's refreshing to see a company that manages to do both." Full Review
"Framed as a Christmas trifle, with red-and-green clothes and even ugly sweaters, HID'S 'Merry Wives' is as giddy as a cup of good strong nog. Once again, the company brings out a strong ensemble full of excellent clowns who double as musicians, and don't object to interjecting modernisms to keep the jingle ball rolling...The cut is smart, keeping the (very few) known speeches, conflating unnecessary characters, and moving the plot along briskly." Full Review