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Henry IV (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

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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.

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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.

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"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

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Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great fun, Great energy

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.

Also "Gender-bending" in Shakespeare seems to be a thing lately, women taki... Read more Read less

Clever, Great writing, Great singing

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Erratic

See it if You want a little gender-bending and rock music with your Shakespeare. Well-intentioned, but misses the mark, alas.

Don't see it if Execution was a mixed bag, performance and talentwise. Singers and musicians were standouts. Overall, was a bit too "let's put on a show"-y.

Also Not a waste of time for a show-score $5 ticket, and it can be refreshi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to support young actors who truly love what they do.

Don't see it if You're a fan of Shakespeare and expect a traditional interpretation of Henry IV. This is a campy Rock/modern show.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky

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!

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Excruciating, Engaging

See it if you want an "in-your-face" intimate (super tight space) theater experience that can be engaging, but at other times...too close for comfort.

Don't see it if you do not like Shakespeare work, and have not reviewed Henry IV plot, otherwise the fast paced performance may confuse you. But it was fun.

Also Kudos to the actors esp. Henry IV for his serious acting and for Falst... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Good acting

See it if you like somewhat of a modern take on Shakespeare by enthusiastic company of young actors.

Don't see it if don't like watching plays in "living room" sized space, have a hard time deciphering Shakespeare language or prefer traditional Shakespeare.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a Shakespeare play no matter the quality. There are funny moments at times.

Don't see it if You dislike cheap productions. Although the idea of "strong woman" means well, they shouldn't carry it out that way.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow, Amateurish

See it if You're a huge Shakespeare fan and want to see their version, with some interesting gender bending roles.

Don't see it if You want to see a good production. The idea was good but the acting, music and singing was bad and there was no sets or costumes at all.

Funny, Delightful, Quirky

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.

Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You like your Shakespeare condensed and delivered with a rock score . ..really condensed . A three hour play was done in 1 hour

Don't see it if You expect strong actors who understand verse.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are a Shakespeare fan; like a fun, fast paced, well acted performance

Don't see it if you don't like very small space with actors on top of you; you like a more pure Shakespeare

Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Enthusiastic, Gets off to a rough start but improves

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.

Also I have to give the company props for taking on 1 of the most difficult... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to see a modern but well-acted portrayal of the play.

Don't see it if You want the play to stick to the original script.

Energetic, Intimate, Youthful

See it if You can never get enough Shakespeare and like to see eager young actors putting their hearts into delivering a lively, intimate show .

Don't see it if You are bothered by a very abridged version with not much depth or subtlety

Also College-level acting with a few stand-outs. Some of the actors are als... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you would like to see a small-scale production of Shakespeare in an art gallery, with some great 60's music interspersed.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see Henry IV (Hamlet Isn't Dead), an adaptation based on Shakespeare's Henry IV. This is straight up Shakespeare.

Also This production is slightly mis-labeled. It appears to be an edgy adap... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

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.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you love everything Shakespeare and can approach productions with an open mind

Don't see it if you don't like condensing plays or gender changes in the plays

Also I didn't have a problem with Prince Hal being played by a woman, howev... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like your Shakespeare with modernizations

Don't see it if You prefer your Bard as is

Flat, Excruciating, Entertaining, Fluffy, Rushed

See it if you want to see The Falstaff Show, and are okay with a Cliff-Notes version of these two plays so you can say you saw them.

Don't see it if you are interested in the relationships &nuances of these plays, are a Shakespeare purist, or hope to be able to speak about the plays later

Also I think it is an ambitious undertaking to combine Henry IV parts 1 and... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like seeing well conceived, well acted contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want easy entertainment. You are a purist about Shakespeare.

Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You've never seen a Shakespeare revisited before.

Don't see it if You want to see a professional production, if you love rock music, if you hate rock cliches

Also When I read "Shakespeare revisited with a live rock band" I was expect... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for a fresh take on a Shakespearean classic. The venue allows for an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Shakespeare's work.

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