"I find it hard to understand why William Shakespeare’s 'All’s Well That Ends Well' is so seldom performed. When done as elegantly as Hedgepig Ensemble’s recent, very brief, run at the Gene Frankel Theatre it’s as inviting as any of Shakespeare’s major comedies...Bolstered by terrific acting, it makes for an absolutely delightful comedy...I can only hope the show is somehow remounted elsewhere in the near future." Full Review
"Sturdy, accessible staging by director Emily Lyon, but it often feels like a tentative interpretation, one that’s not quite willing to probe beneath the surface of the play to explore the murky uncertainties that make the work so hypnotizing. Lyon’s cast handles the text adroitly...Lyon’s direction also tends to miss out on Shakespeare’s rawer comedy...It should be possible to embrace what’s most empowering about Helena’s journey without losing sight of what’s most complex." Full Review
See it if you want to see a top-notch production of infrequently performed, 2nd-drawer Shakespeare.
Don't see it if productions with lots of characters & lots of action in a very small space make you claustrophobic.
See it if you like Shakespeare and want to see a very under performed play; great acting and fun staging
Don't see it if 2+ hours of the bard is not your thing; not his best play; has some weird themes and unlikable characters
See it if you want a "problem play" mostly solved. Great characters, speeches, fun reveals. Barebones...so the play's the thing. WS writes gr dialogue
Don't see it if you dislike Shaksp. Impt to listen carefully, since lines are unfamiliar. One actor subpar; cuts c've gone deeper. Review plot beforehand.
See it if You're a fan of re-imagined Shakespeare & enjoy a company of strong ensemble actors.
Don't see it if You have trouble following old English or don't enjoy feminist takes on classic works.
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and want a new take that makes it more relevant to our current times. An energetic cast brings it alive.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare - the language can still get in the way, or if you do not appreciate off-off Broadway staging minimalism.
See it if You enjoy straightforward Shakespeare w/out unnecessary flourishes. You want a solid, classical cast. You want a less seen Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You want a more well-known, & more produced Shakespeare: All's Well is less done for a reason: icky sexual politics & an unlikable romance.
See it if You want to see Shakespeare done well. Great play, well acted, with lots of life and energy. Well spoken verse, clear and fun to hear.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, or only like period Shakespeare.
See it if you want to support a female director and love seeing Shakespearean plays, especially where the protagonist is a woman.
Don't see it if you find unrhymed iambic pentameter (blank verse) mightily tiresome.
See it if You’re interested in a refreshing, fun take on Shakespeare! You like to laugh AND think! You want to see excellent acting across the board!
Don't see it if You have no sense of humor or don’t like Shakespeare? You prefer bad acting?
See it if you like clear, funny, digestible Shakespeare. The cut of the play is really smart and makes it super easy to follow.
Don't see it if you can't sit still for two hours (there's an intermission). Although, you can sit in an on-stage chair which lets you wiggle a little.
See it if you want a chance to catch a great telling of this Shakespeare play that almost never gets done. If you want to think and bit and laugh alot
Don't see it if complex language is a no-go for you. The actors handle it well, but it's dense!
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