Irondale presents an encore run of '1599 Project,' named for the year when Shakespeare penned 'Henry V,' 'Julius Caesar,' 'As You Like It,' and 'Hamlet'. The four (truncated) plays are mounted as one searing evening. More…
Seen together, these plays form one spellbinding drama, tracing the journey of one mythic hero as he transforms through four plays and four characters, from youthful idealist to a madman ending his journey in hopeless chaos. In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Irondale presents this epic four-play cycle with just six actors taking on all the roles.
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and want to see it performed by a passionate, earnest group of actors who really understand the text and the language.
Don't see it if you will be put off by the 4 1/2 hr length. (Tho the creative staging, performer-interaction & riveting performances make the time fly by.)
See it if you love imaginative theater with great actors. I was astounded by the grace with which the six performers played dozens of parts.
Don't see it if you do not have the stamina for a very long evening. There is a dinner break with boxed meals.
See it if You love Shakespeare. You like non-traditional staging. You're OK being up close w/the actors & don't mind some audience interaction.
Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare. You don't like being close up to the actors & dislike audience interaction. You can't handle a 4 1/2 hr experience.
See it if 4 Shakespeare plays in under 5 hours (3 intermissions). Time flies as super-talented cast intimately connects immersively with audience.
Don't see it if You want to see the classic word-for-word. There is connectivity with current events. They take original viewpoints. Audience participates.
See it if You love Shakespeare and want the unusual experience of seeing four plays in an evening. Excellent cuts and pacing, fun seating, high energy
Don't see it if You dislike the Bard or don't plan to familiarize yourself with the works in advance. You dislike melodramatic Hamlets - weakest and longest
See it if You like Shakespeare & are open to abridged plays; exceptional acting and staging; you want to see the "summary" of 4 plays in a night
Don't see it if You have a short attention span or don't really like Shakespeare - the show is 5 hours (including 3 intermissions)
See it if you like Shakespeare, immersive theater, and great acting in a very intimate, cool space.
Don't see it if you're looking for a short play
See it if Shakespeare fan? RUN. Part of the 400th anniv; here's an epic staging/small cast version of 4 plays in one night! Worth it, it's really fun!
Don't see it if It's REALLY LONG. It's famous parts of 4 plays written in 1599. Eat before, or check out their dinner. Brush up on plots. Not for a newbie.
See it if You are familiar w/Shakespeare (a synopsis will do) and want to experience an edited telling of 4 plays in an unusual & very cool space.
Don't see it if A 4 1/2 hr (w/ 2 intermissions) slice of the Bard is too much to bear. Also, if you're a stickler for classics faithfullness, miss this..
See it if you must know the plots, since no usual artifices such as costumes, decor. The excellent acting and the text will more than compensate
Don't see it if you come unprepared., without making any effort to know the plots and the characters
See it if you wish to binge on great Shakespeare up close and personal and you love non traditional theater spaces -pre buy the dinner box - its good.
Don't see it if you are an early to bed person and can't accept the fact that for some 4 hours is code for not 5 hours.
See it if you'd like to see a minimalist somewhat audience-interactive love letter to Shakespeare
Don't see it if stripping down the plays will bother you, or 4 will be too much. Moving around gives each play a neat tone, but occasionally blocks vision
See it if you want a creatively staged, superbly acted night of the Bard. Most sections edited down well; last one brilliantly acted but drags a bit.
Don't see it if you prefer to be hidden in audience. FYI 1 of the 4 plays is in balcony: it is accessible, but view is different - ask theater for more info
See it if you want to see a handful of actors play a myriad of roles expertly. Also, the cuts are exceptionally well done!
Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist or are unfamiliar with the plays. Several people told me they were confused as to what character was speaking.
See it if You love Shakespeare and can sit through a 4+ hour performance
Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with Hamlet, or any of the other plays performed
See it if You love Shakespeare & have read all 4 plays. You enjoy abridged & interactive works with 4th wall elements.
Don't see it if You don't want to spend 5 hours and dinner with complete strangers - by Hamlet you're either drunk on wine or just exhausted.
See it if you like the Bard, condensed and can endure a long show
Don't see it if you are not into the Bard and you have a short attention span
See it if you are interested in the most heroic theatrical endeavor ever. They stage all four 1599 WS plays in one sprawling production
Don't see it if you don't like immersive theater
See it if You like Shakespeare and have the stamina to watch four abridged plays in one night. Good acting. Great space for the production.
Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare.
See it if you care to add a thing or two to your "Why The Bard Still Matters" collection. It's like binge-watching "House of Cards," but smarter.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span. Or quite the opposite, you like your Shakespeare unabridged and untouched by modernity.
See it if You like Shakespeare and are good with not traditional theater seating and experiences.
Don't see it if You don't like the action to happen right in front of you and you are not comfortable with the fourth wall broken.
See it if U R familiar w/ the characters & plots of these plays. You <3 great acting (Katie W. is exceptional) & Shakespeare's plays. 3rd play = okay.
Don't see it if you expect all 4 plays to be good. Henry V was so incredible! But, Hamlet wasn't good in my opinion. 'Terrible casting decisions for Hamlet.
See it if You're an avid Shakespeare fan. Some wonderful, inspiring performances. A beautiful space that is utilised well.
Don't see it if you can't do 5 hours of Shakespeare. If you don't know all 4 plays, or if you do know them and therefore don't want to see them again.