See it if you like WS re-visited. Female Hamlet works fine;male Ophelia less compelling. Actors thru-out theater. Music/drum is strg addition. Lively.
Don't see it if you want all actors great. Older actors less strong. Claudius was weak: spoke softly, quickly, w/o feeling; fumbled lines. Polonius meh.
See it if you’d like to see an inspired, spare accounting of the most famous play in the English language.
Don't see it if you want your Hamlet complete: this version is judiciously but extensively trimmed.
“A well-acted rendition with a breakneck tempo that works both for and against it...Directed with refreshing clarity...Greener’s gruff, brisk, and quippy take on Hamlet just gets too far ahead of the audience too fast...It tears through the text at such a pace that the questions are left unexplored...Hamlet Isn’t Dead stands among the most impressive and insightful of the New York Shakespeare scene. And if they would ever so slightly ease up on the gas, we could fully admire the view."
"This is a terrific production. It's a lean and hungry 'Hamlet': quick moving and well-staged (though, depending on where you sit, you may have to swivel your neck a lot), featuring a terrific cast. Greener's Hamlet is sharp with both pain and wit, and Laws's Ophelia is appealingly vulnerable and sincere."
"Captivates and excites...In a play easily weighed down by the fame and bulk of Shakespeare’s writing, this production finds instead the honest urgency and heartbreak between family and friends forced into awful circumstances...Feels fresh and urgent in a time where political families’ internal squabbles seem relevant as ever...Usually wary of gender-swaps, this reviewer found Greener to fully embody a refreshing, delightful Hamlet."
"Everyone in the cast was well prepared and professional, the live music skillfully-performed and entertaining. I wish I could mention them all, but there isn’t room. Suffice to say, this is an entertaining and accessible 'Hamlet,' beautifully designed to attract a young audience, a fine portrayal of this incredible masterwork. If you ever wished your kids would take an interest in something other than pop-culture trivia, give this a try. It’s a superb introduction to a great classic."
"What Rightmyer is exploring is the nature of grief subverted. Specifically, how the inability to express grief goes septic, how bottling grief can make the living go mad. This thesis is achingly realized in Greener's portrayal of the Melancholy Dane...Hamlet Isn't Dead's signature brand is a swift Shakespeare, with fun, music, and considerable ad-libbed clowning, which means that for years, I've been wondering whether HID could pull 'Hamlet' off. The answer: Absolutely Yes."