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All's Well That Ends Well (Hedgepig Ensemble)

From 2 critic and 19 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Clever

About the show

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre presents Shakespeare's funny, feisty, and controversial comedy with a question mark. More…

She is smart. She is beautiful. She is loved. She is self-defeating, and she struggles with self worth. She is Helena. 



90
Theater Pizzazz

"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

65
Theatre is Easy

"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


90
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if you like shakespeare

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with dubcon

90
Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Terrific cast , great direction, brought to life one of Shakespeare's difficult comedies.

Don't see it if You wanted "Mamma Mia"

89
Smart, Dramatic, Taut, Engaging, Fun

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.

Also Hat’s off to director Emily Lyon. Through brisk staging, judicious edi... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent

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

85
Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if you're a fan of off-Broadway classics about manliness, friendship, loyalty, and a virgin maiden's (dubious) choice of husband.

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

Also The creative costuming, staging, and direction made the language easy ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

85
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like Shakespeare, performed by a group of skilled actors who, for the most part, are very comfortable with his language.

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

82
Relevant, Clever, Humorous, Entertaining

See it if you like productions with strong female characters and witty dialog

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shakespeare or updating of classics.

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

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.

78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Slow

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.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Fresh, Lively

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.

75
Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

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?

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Great show; great acting.

Don't see it if Great night out

100
Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

98
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you want to root for some fierce ladies and enjoy a good laugh. It's a really clear telling of a tricky Shakespeare play!

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for Shakespeare.

95
Funny, Relevant, Great acting

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!

94
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like classical text that's still relevant and poignant today.

Don't see it if You have no heart or mind. :)


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