Already closed | Harlem

As You Like It (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting

About the show

Hamlet Isn’t Dead presents an all-female production of Shakespeare's pastoral romantic comedy. An alluring, acoustic adventure about equality, joy, and the freedom to pursue true love in all its forms. More…

Rosalind and Orlando, some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, come of age in this quirky comedy set to some new original music, as well as all-female covers of some fan favorites. Escape the shackles of society this summer as these lovers convene with nature, fate, and the merry musicians and brigands who will show them that, truly, “all the world’s a stage."

Member Reviews (24)


Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting
Avg Score

Solid acting, Great staging, Finds every drop of humor, Delightful, Unusual

See it if you enjoy imaginative WS prodns; this one illuminates and enlivens AYLI. Theme of the power of love shines brightly. Music enhances/delights

Don't see it if you only like traditional WS, altho he'd approve of HID's lively, funny version. I was engaged every moment, and laughed often. Bravo, HID!

Engaging, Funny, Swift, Human, Stripped-down

See it if you’d like to see a stripped down, funny, elemental production of 1 of Shakespeare’s signature romantic comedies.

Don't see it if you need elaborate sets or require aesthetic distance from the performers: here you & the actors are occupying the same milieu.

Also I’ve now seen several productions from the troupe Hamlet Isn’t Dead & ... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun production of a classic Shakespeare comedy in an intimate setting. You want a play that makes the most of its playing space.

Don't see it if You don't like verse or Shakespeare. You want the original text w/out any cuts. You want a show w/ bigger production values.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a creative take on Shakespeare by some talented young artists

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

Clever and fun, Delightful, Funny and fresh, Great ensemble, Great direction

See it if You're up for another refreshing take on WS by the always fun, inventive & energetic HID Co. This all-female version all sweetness & edge.

Don't see it if You don't like your Shakespeare cut, stripped down, joyously knockabout or simply fun and engaging. An As You Like It for our here and now.

Also Hamlet Isn’t Dead is a young, energetic and consistently inventive com... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if U R a Shakespearean fan. Like kool venues & clever staging Southern twangy music Great singing & acting Fun time. Cast is friendly and fun

Don't see it if Not interested in trying new theater experiences & off-beat venues. Have a problem with Shakesphere being unique & fun or an all female cast

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like 'Shakespeare with a twist' with a lively female cast and a light touch on the Bard's work but with a subtle message.

Don't see it if you don't like the frivolous treatment of Shakespeare.

Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a nicely edited, fast-paced, fun version of the play, acted by talented women. Also if you enjoy music with your Shakespeare

Don't see it if you are unable to sit on "cushioned" folding chairs. Also if you don't like Shakespeare or are a purist. Or don't like to have fun.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Stripped-down, fun performance packed with humor and solid live music. A bit like attending a Nickel Creek concert. Highly recommend it!

Don't see it if No huge complaints- the script cuts were maybe too severe, and the performance perhaps didn't hit the play's full range.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent, Overdone

See it if You like energetic versions of Shakespeare

Don't see it if You object to an all women production of shakespeare where some gender exchange is already written into the play and more is just confusing

Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you like Shakespeare that is refreshing and so well-acted that it is very easy to understand.

Don't see it if you like rigid adherence to the original Shakespeare more than character development.

Also Hamlet Isn't Dead always presents great productions. This is my favori... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy fresh, creative stagings of Shakespeare. The play is a comedy and this version is performed with an understanding of that.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing an all-female cast or want Shakespeare performed in a more traditional way.

Also Hamlet Isn't Dead continues to delight in their stagings of Shakespear... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Fresh, Fun, Light

See it if You enjoy Shakespearean plays in the round for an evening of comedy and romance.

Don't see it if You don't like theater in the round or Shakespearean plays. Or if you don't like when there are cuts made to Shakespeare.

Also This was a very simple, but successful production of As You Like It wi... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like relatively shorter Shakespeare performances, live acoustic music, and badass women.

Don't see it if You dislike non-traditional casting, live music, or performances in the round.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like to laugh; you are intrigued by the music bit; you like to see a troupe use THE ENTIRE STAGING AREA

Don't see it if you want your Shakespeare Very Serious

Also I haven't missed a show by Hamlet Isn't Dead since I first discovered ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Intelligent, Great staging, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love: HID (which you should), fearless Shakespeare, all female cast, smart direction, tranformative space, great acting, live music!

Don't see it if You don’t like Fun. Really give this company a try. HID has their own voice with the Bard. I always truly enjoy myself seeing their shows.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy beautiful singing voices and a clever, creative, talented all-female cast performing Shakespeare.

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

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like watching very talented actors and musicians who make the Bard's pastural comedy even more fun and engaging.

Don't see it if You don't like all-female casts. (Although this show may change your mind!)

Romantic, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You love watching a fresh, bad-ass, all-female production of As You Like It.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this show!

Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Great singing, Funny

See it if you want to see a Shakespeare show in an intimate and inviting space done in a lively, refreshing, HILARIOUS way.

Don't see it if you don't like modern takes on Shakespeare, don't like all females casts or hate fun altogether.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you like to have a fun, memorable experience; you want to see an adaptation that is very clear in its presentation of the story and theme.

Don't see it if you prefer 4th-wall-intact Shakespeare. You are very strict about what you expect from a Shakespeare play. You don't like live music.

Also The actors perform close to the audience and this increases the intima... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You like intimate, joyous Shakespeare, filled with vibrant music, and multi-talented actors who can carry a whole worId into a small room.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare "purist", and would much rather be bored to tears. And just be aware of audience participation, if that's iffy for you.

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You love seeing empowered women doing Shakespeare in a thought-provoking, insightful, and incredibly entertaining way.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist who firmly believes in the 4th wall.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy an easy to understand, accessible telling of Shakespeare. See it if you like quality music infuzed cleverly into a story

Don't see it if You're looking for a huge budget broadway show.

July 23rd, 2018
"Another tight, terrific, and tuneful comedy from the Hamlet Isn't Dead crew...Laws achieves a sweet and joyful condensing of the comedy, keeping Rosalind at the center as the unassuming mastermind of much of the goings on in a place she barely knows. This cast is composed entirely of women or ge...
read more
July 24th, 2018
“'As You Like It' invites serious dramaturgical meddling, which can either perform disastrously or, as in the case of Hamlet Isn't Dead's all-female summer production, can illuminate Shakespeare's themes...It seamlessly trims Shakespeare's fat...The diverse cast is uniformly excellent, and it's a...
read more

Related content