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Hamlet (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Riveting, Clever

About the show

In Hamlet Isn't Dead's new staging of the classic tragedy, two actors will alternate the roles of Hamlet and Ophelia each performance. More…

The play sees Hamlet, prince of Denmark, navigate grief and the tragedy of their father’s death, their mother’s overhasty remarriage, and their crumbling relationship with lover Ophelia. As Hamlet’s life falls apart, they discover hidden truths and machinations in the court, and must wrestle not only with the ruthless new king and cronies, but also their own internal turmoil.  

Member Reviews (19)


Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Riveting, Clever
Avg Score

Good use of music, Strong acting, Well-trimmed, Successful gender swap, Intimate theater

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.

Also Some of the actors barely had parts (R&G, Horatio, etc). ... Read more Read less

Beautifully played, Thrilling, Stripped-down, Affecting, Inspired

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.

Also HAMLET ISN’T DEAD proclaims the name of the troupe (which I’ve followe... Read more Read less

Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a well-trained classical cast that lets the text work on its own w/out unnecessary business. You want a modern take on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want Hamlet in it's original, uncut version. You prefer more classical styling of Shakespeare. You dislike intimate staging.

Ambitious, Epic, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if To see or not to see. (Yes slap me it's fine.) Look, it's Hamlet and the players are good. If you like Hamlet, you should go.

Don't see it if You aren't into Shakespeare. You need a big fancy set and period costumes. Etc.

Absorbing, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You love Shakespeare and want to see a unique take on a classic, and prefer minimal staging so the focus is on the words.

Don't see it if You don't like classic Shakespeare tampered with, prefer plays with elaborate sets and props.

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love Shakesphere. Acting is excellent speaking Old English. Lots of laughs. Actors interchange rolls. Actors switch rolls nightly.

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

Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to see a production where the actors know everything they are saying and convey it clearly to the audience. & you love Shakespeare

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare &/or prefer bells & whistles with your productions. Also, if you cannot climb stairs.

Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to consider gender implications in the bard's work. This score is for the female-Hamlet version, which was riveting.

Don't see it if You expect more than just strong performances. This is a bunch of actors and a stage

Also I saw the female-Hamlet, male-Ophelia version (as well as female Polon... Read more Read less

Hamlet, condensed.

See it if streamlined versions of Shakespeare's plays appeal to you.

Don't see it if you're a purist who believes that the most famous play ever written should never be cut in half.

Also Coming in at a mere two hours--which makes everything quite a bit easi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare presented in a contemporary manner

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, only like traditional gender roles, full productions with scenery

Also We really loved this production, especially the actress playing Hamlet... Read more Read less

Must see, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Shakespearian plays, shows done in-the-round, and simple staging.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy productions where classic roles are gender-swapped or want to see something flashy.

Also I saw the production with a male Ophelia and female Hamlet and it was ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like intimate performances and enjoy seeing Shakespeare with some uncommon casting.

Don't see it if You want a big show with lavish costumes and sets. Or if you can't walk up and down stairs.

Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are open minded about gender roles. Each actor is perfectly cast. This is Hamlet performed with humor, emotion and intelligence. GO!

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing a Hamlet that's been cut

Also Hamlet isn't Dead has now moved up from the 31st best Shakespearean tr... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you would like to see talented actors in an entertaining & interesting version of Hamlet in a very intimate space.

Don't see it if you only enjoy traditional stagings of Shakespeare (or you don't like Shakespeare).

Also The actors were excellent, especially David Andrew Laws as Hamlet.

Riveting, Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love Shakespeare and his words. Appreciate incredible acting. You like comedic dramas.

Don't see it if You prefer set and lighting design to story and acting.

Also The staging is minimal, but the actors carried the words with such hum... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Clever, Great staging

See it if You like thust staging, prefer theatre performed without a 4th wall; like a relaxed, intimate environment where the actors might talk to you

Don't see it if You want classical theatre to be proscenium style, without creative liberties taken.

Also The actors playing Hamlet and Ophelia (one male and female) swap roles... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you want to see a great cut of Hamlet done with captivating actors and staging.

Don't see it if you don't like Hamlet or good acting.

Great acting, Poignant, Fast-paced, Engaging, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare with a fresh contemporary feel, fast-paced, and poignant without being indulgent, performed by a uniformly strong cast

Don't see it if You do not enjoy Shakespeare plays that are aggressively cut to fit into approximately 2 hours.

Also I’ve seen many of Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s productions over the past few ye... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to watch a version of Hamlet you could actually love twice.

Don't see it if You hate thrilling theatre.

April 9th, 2019
“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 unexplor...
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April 8th, 2019
"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...
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April 1st, 2019
"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 s...
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April 6th, 2019
"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 portraya...
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