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Henry VI (National Asian American Theatre Company)

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Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Epic

About the show

NAATCO (The National Asian American Theatre Company) presents a new adaptation of Shakespeare's historical trilogy, condensed into two parts and performed in rep. More…

'Henry VI' is Shakespeare’s saga of a nation spinning wildly out of control. It is the story of a great nation’s decent into barbarism and cruelty. It is also a study of how the experience of a problematic foreign war erodes civil discourse at home, and how that erosion allows political self-interests to take hold and send a country hurtling into civil war.

Member Reviews (52)


Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Epic
Avg Score

Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if A non traditional Shakespearean play that has 16 members play 100 characters. Females in Male roles. Clever fight scenes.

Don't see it if If your traditionalist Shakespearean. A bit long but holds your attention.

Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Ambitious, Epic

See it if you want to see a 1st-rate company mount a riveting, lively, deft, accessible, unimposing, relevant, rewarding staging of a challenging work

Don't see it if you don't have the 6 hrs (over 2 parts) to devote, as you really should see both parts if you're going to see it at all [But it's worth it!]

Also What a revelation! A completely unpretentious & accessible production ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Resonant

See it if NAATCO's epic mash-up of the Henry trilogy is grandly entertaining, historically captivating & a staging triumph despite its 6 hr length

Don't see it if Doubling/tripling of actors/characters (while a necessity) is often confusing Can grow tedious w/ its war machinations but ensemble shines

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if excellent performance of a great classic work interest you. The use of the stage, the clarity of pronunciation and meaning are extraordinary

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 2 hours. Seeing both parts makes for a dramatic experience but a very long day. In spite of very comfortable chairs

Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You want a real life Game of Thrones. You want Shakespeare by a well-trained classical cast w/simple, yet effective staging.

Don't see it if You don't like verse plays. You don't want to commit to an epic-length(6 hrs) play. You have no familiarity w/the War of the Roses.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a brilliant and rarely done Shakespeare play. Great acting from almost everyone. Effortless switching between roles

Don't see it if You don't want to sit for almost six hours total. It does a great job of keeping you engaged but it is a long play.

Also Completely worth the time and energy getting to the theater and sittin... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great ensemble, Smart direction

See it if you’re a Shakespeare completist—I mean that in a good way bcz I am. Exceptionally challenging play intelligently navigated w/ few precedents

Don't see it if it’s your 1st history play; don’t want H6 compressed; prefer a probing character study to a barrage of rhetorical & physical skirmishes

Also Bose=serious star turn as Richard Plantagenet. Warwick, Gloucester, Ta... Read more Read less

Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Long

See it if you enjoy excellent productions of Shakespeare with terrific acting and cleverly staged fight scenes. It is very long, but holds attention.

Don't see it if you don't have the endurance for such a long play (3:10 + 2:30) or you do not like Shakespeare tragedies/history plays.

Also If you like Shakespeare go see this production. It is produced at a ve... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Dizzying

See it if You like Shakespeare, stage fighting, great (though still minimal) staging, you want to support Asian actors in English plays.

Don't see it if You can't sit through 6 hours of the Bard.

Also Fantastic performance by Mahira Kakkar.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You enjoy Game of Thrones. (Or, you know, Shakespeare) Want to support the NAATC. Enjoy macabre plays with lots of plotting and murder.

Don't see it if Dislike any abridgment of Shakespearean text. This is an adaptation that reduces three parts into two, though it does so effectively.

Also "Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great staging, Dizzying, Great acting, Epic

See it if You love Shakespeare and are interested in the War of the Roses. Beautiful use of minimal staging elements, terrific acting.

Don't see it if You want something fluffy, modern or short - the two parts are almost 6 hours total. But it is well worth it.

Also This was so well directed that I was actually able to keep up with alm... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great design, Great acting, Great compilation, Great direction

See it if you’ve ever wanted to find a way to see the Henry VI portion of the War of the Roses in a compact, streamlined production.

Don't see it if you are averse to Shakespeare.

Also this is is an outstanding Shakespeare history production, full stop. M... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if you are a fan of NAATCO and would like to see a satisfying if variable performance of a rarely staged Shakespeare work.

Don't see it if you are not willing to spend 6 hours to see one of Shakespeare's lesser works.

Brilliant, Huge, Powerful, Masterful, Confusing

See it if Brilliantly directed, staged, acted. A must-see. Even odd "gender-neutral" casting decisions didn't diminish the better performances.

Don't see it if There's a reason Shakespeare's Histories aren't performed as often as his Tragedies and Comedies. You need a scorecard to follow the action

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you're interested in these rarely-produced plays; to support this wonderful small company with a long history; to binge-watch some theater!

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn't your bag.

Also Strong stagecraft all around here. I would suggest taking advantage of... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if you love Shakespeare well-done, gripping.

Don't see it if you don't love Shakespeare

Also The adaptation is excellent, the performances excellent. The very firs... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if Well acted exciting Shakespeare .You almost always know what is happening in this epic 6 hour show shown in a small theater

Don't see it if you want a traditional view, don't like gender bending casting or want to go to a theater that is on 10th Ave and 53rd street. Very GU

Also Part 2 picks it up a notch and is more fast paced

Ambitious, Confusing, Smart staging, Uneven

See it if you are a Shakespeare completist. you've never seen Henry VI - it's not staged often. Don't see if you need a completely strong cast.

Don't see it if you can't follow actors playing MULTIPLE characters (male & female), don't enjoy decently produced Shakespeare in a small space.

Also Cast has various levels of ability. About half of the cast is more eff... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love Shakespeare and you want to see a very well acted version of the Henry's! This is top-notch, filled with great moments/work!

Don't see it if you aren't into Shakespeare or fine acting and wonderful direction, this is very focused and does not stray from its aims - well done!

Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You want to see a rarely performed Shakespeare play -- done well.

Don't see it if You have a limited attention span. This requires you to pay attention -- for six hours.

Also Well done by the National Asian American Theater. Henry VI is terribly... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if You want to see the sprawling War of the Roses in a well staged production with Asian actors. Great choreography and lighting design.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through six hours of Shakespeare or find it difficult to follow actors playing multiple roles.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in expanding your knowledge of the canon or seeing a wonderful group of actors perform a rarely-done play.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to remember which English lord is which and who is on who's side.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and brilliant staging, along with an outstanding cast of actors

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Shakespeare, because this is one of his lesser plays, but still proves to be enticing

Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Clever, Epic

See it if you want a fresh and artistic take on Shakespeare's history plays.

Don't see it if you don't care for Shakespeare, or flashing lights (which are way cool; why don't you like them?)

Also Well done! History plays can be tough to make interesting, but NAATCO ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Epic, Great acting

See it if you love Shakespeare done by an ambitious company of brave actors

Don't see it if don't like Shakespeare tragedies.

August 31st, 2018
"It’s a production that asks nearly six hours from your life, but it repays you handsomely. Fast-paced and gripping, this is an unusually lucid staging of a bloody history play, whose surfeit of schemes and villainy could make a daytime-drama writer blush. Yet for all the battles and beheadings i...
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August 23rd, 2018
"One is inescapably reminded of Shakespeare's enduring modernity. These plays, written in the late sixteenth century, depicting events of nearly a century earlier, are defined by a cool, calculating gaze that seems thoroughly of today...Under Brown-Fried's direction, the overall performance is, a...
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August 25th, 2018
"Not that NAATCO doesn't do a splendid job with this vivid history of the Wars of the Roses...There's just so damn much of it...It's a lot to keep track of and much of the first hour or two at NAATCO is spent wondering, Who's he? Who's she? Why are they so angry at each other?..Once you've puzzle...
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August 23rd, 2018
"The National Asian American Theatre Company and director Stephen Brown-Fried have smartly condensed the three plays into two. The total running time is still more than five and a half hours, but it’s a small price to pay for such an ambitious production...For me, the best part of these plays was...
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