"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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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
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.
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 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 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
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