The Mobile Unit brings a warring King and his band of brothers to the Public Theater and communities all across New York, with this stripped-down production of William Shakespeare's 'Henry V.' More…
Insulted by the regent of France, Britain’s King Henry V decides to wage war and claim the throne across the Channel. But Henry’s charm only distracts the soldiers for so long before the dire stakes of their task call into question the King’s true motives and direction. Resonating across the centuries—wherever there may be a kingdom for a stage, and royalty to act—Shakespeare’s drama about invasion, ego, and leadership, delves into history’s thorniest questions: What makes a person worthy of wearing the crown, and what do they owe the people they lead?
See it if you want a fast-paced, trimmed HV, w/impressive Zenzi Wms as Henry. Lots of directorial flourishes. Humor. Staged in the round. Spare.
Don't see it if you want to get every word. Heavy French accents (ugh) & too much shouting (it echoes). New approach to wooing scene undermines WS's intent.
See it if If you like a different spin to this play, it was well directed, well acted.
Don't see it if confusing at times, a different rendition to the traditional Henry V.
See it if O'Hara undercuts his white hot 'masculine' staging using non-gender casting & sexual politics Volitile & edgy with audience as battlefield
Don't see it if Phenomenal performance by Zenzi Williams as Henry despite choppy rhythms French court as pack of fops lands flat Duel casting confusion
See it if You love all things Shakespeare no matter what.
Don't see it if You want to see some action instead of long drawn out speeches and a rude take on the French with no redeeming quality.
See it if you’ll settle. Show’s fine for hearing the famous lines aloud but doesn’t get across why this play is loved (& unclear if it’s intentional).
Don't see it if you want hardcore theater, for grand speech to logically correspond to grand events; miss the ingenuity of Mobile Unit’s Twelfth Night.
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare at it's minimalistic bottom. Great casting choices, multiple roles for all. short and sweet
Don't see it if you are a traditionalist and don't welcome unique casting choices and interpretation
See it if You would like a upbeat, speedy Henry, with appealing young actors and free tickets.
Don't see it if You don't want to wait a long time on line for those free tickets. There are some issues understanding the text at times.
See it if Great acting of a diverse cast, but hard to follow loose plot
Don't see it if Fake accents + ye olde English + acoustic issues make it hard to hear lines. I understood more plot from the acting than the dialogue.
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See it if You like diverse casts that cross gender lines. The house lights are on so part of the show is watching the audience reaction to the actors.
Don't see it if You prefer large, epic productions of Shakespeare - this is small and intimate. This is abridged so it's much shorter than the original.
See it if you like watching ensemble theatre where the actors interact with the audience, make bold choices and commit with 100% of their being.
Don't see it if you'll miss the war aspects of the play, characters such as Pistol and Fluellen or don't want to be yelled at by Henry for almost two hours.
See it if If you like Papp/Public Theater interpretations of Shakespeare in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if If you insist on a traditional interpretation. The French accents are annoying and poor choice in an otherwise interesting show.
See it if Pros: diverse cast, new interpretation w/ rendered text, farce
Don't see it if Cons: over-acting, new interpretation...don’t think it’s better than the original, don’t like the overly comical tone
See it if you like productions that breathe new life into Shakespeare with provocative takes on well-known material & taut, propulsive staging.
Don't see it if you find the Boars Head Tavern crew or the “ethnic” Welsh/Scotch/Irish characters too much fun to part with: they’ve all been cut.
See it if You want to see a daring modern urban playwright take on a directorial challenge that is he not quite up to.
Don't see it if You dislike incessant screaming, the strangest seduction scene in history, and direction that is lost and clueless.
See it if You want to see Shakespeare perfomed in a very accessible production
Don't see it if You do not want your Shakespeare interpreted very differently from how it was written
See it if You like free Shakespeare. The Public always does a great job. I especially enjoy the way they pull humor out of scenes.
Don't see it if Henry is played by a female ... although a gender neutral character. This may bother some. Huge chunks have been cut from the play ...