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As You Like It (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

From 2 critic and 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."

A Work Unfinishing

"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 gender nonconforming actors, and every last one of them is a delight." Full Review

Classical NYC

“'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 relief to see women of every ethnicity and body shape shine in comic turns and heartfelt moments...Fantabulous music composed by Joy and performed by the whole cast.” Full Review

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

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

Must see, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful

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

Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Enchanting

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.

Stripped-down, Human, Swift, Funny, Engaging

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

Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

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.

Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

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!)

Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

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

Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

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

Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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

Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

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.

Light, Fun, Fresh, Funny, Entertaining

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

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

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

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!

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

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

Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

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

Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Funny

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.

Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging, Delightful, Funny

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.

Overdone, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Entertaining

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

Clever, Refreshing, Quirky, Delightful, Romantic

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!

Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

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

Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Refreshing, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

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.

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

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.

Funny, Great singing, Romantic, Refreshing, Delightful

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.

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