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.
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.
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!]
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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?)