Hamlet Isn't Dead presents a gender-bending take on Shakespeare's celebrated coming-of-age story about one of history's most incredible kings. More…
King Henry IV is a monarch under siege. Not only does he have a full-blown rebellion to deal with, but his unruly daughter, Prince Hal, is showing no signs of the responsibility it takes to assume the throne. If only she could be more like Hotspur—the hot-headed gallant leading the rebellion! In Hamlet Isn't Dead's production, Hal is played by a woman, and the classic Shakespearean language is augmented by live rock music adding to the play's joyful style.
"A striking take on the material that lends it life, vigor, and a blistering pace that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats...Not a plot point gets missed, all major character beats are left intact, and the play moves brilliantly...The overall arc of the play works, but the tonal shift between acts is jarring...These niggles aside, Hamlet Isn't Dead's 'Henry IV' is a rocking good time. The take is clear, the music is awesome, and the performances excel." Full Review
See it if Want to see talented actors create a funny/serious Henry IV. You want energy exploding from the stage. You enjoy clever music show music.
Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this. If you hate Shakespear this the production that will draw you in to love Shakespear. Oh the energy is👍
See it if you want to see a charming, powerful, female Hal (& a hilarious Falstaff) turn an ordinarily-boring political piece into something fresh.
Don't see it if you already have set-in-stone opinions about what the play(s) "should be", or need elaborate sets/costumes to suspend your disbelief.
See it if You'd like to see a very fresh, young & surprisingly clear Henry IV, with humor that's refreshingly contemporary—this Falstaff abides, dude.
Don't see it if Your idea of Shakespeare is classic & stiff, rather than the rough & scrappy troupe the originals must have been.
See it if You enjoy seeing classic plays updated and don't need an elaborate set or large theatre.
Don't see it if You dislike gender reversals or taking liberties with a traditional script
Also An amazing production with minimal set and props. And live music!
See it if You like modern interpretations of classic plays. You want to support a young, scrappy & hungry company.
Don't see it if You prefer more traditional interpretations of classic plays. You don't want to be up close to the staging.
See it if You want an interesting cut that isn't half bad, with solid performances. Shakespeare-lite.
Don't see it if Previews were a bit over-acty and hamfisted across the board - although some really subtle great stuff was done with the Mortimers.
See it if You like Shakespeare's plays done in a contemporary style. If you like rock music added to your Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or Shakespeare done untraditionally. You don't like intimate spaces with no sets and obstructed sight lines.
See it if you like modern, fun, condensed adaptations of Shakespeare that preserve Bill's original language. Attn school drama classes: FIELD TRIP!
Don't see it if you are a WS purist or you get stressed trying to decipher Shakespeare's language. The actors' delivery and movements convey the story well.
See it if You are a fan of Shakespeare and like to see new interpretations. Also, if you don't mind community theatre-style productions.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional Shakespeare, professional productions, and don't want to take a chance on something new.
See it if you like Shakespeare, good to great acting, performance where serious parts are done seriously and comic parts are done comically
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare without period costumes, casting an actress as Prince Hal with unconvincing rationale (given that, she's good).
See it if You like intimate and edgy adaptations of great Shakespeare works.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy modern interpretations of Shakespeare that challenge traditional gender roles in power dynamics.
See it if You want to do something fun, you want to see some really solid young talent, you dig the beatles
Don't see it if bad production values bother you, you are super judgmental and/or traditionalist, you can't just relax and enjoy nice things.
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