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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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85
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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


91
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if An absolute riot! Go see it.

Don't see it if You think a woman can't be king....

91
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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👍

90
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like HID's other work. Same irreverance and joy.

Don't see it if You're a stickler for production value.

89
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.

82
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

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like your Shakespeare with modernizations

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

82
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!

80
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.

80
Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You've never seen Henry IV and don't mind women playing men's roles and audience interaction.

Don't see it if You want a traditional production of Shakespeare.

79
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

78
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy stripped down, minimalist Shakespear with good modern music.

Don't see it if You're Shakespear must be historically authentic.

78
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like Shakespeare performed by an enthusiastic cast who bring the characters to life.

Don't see it if you only like pure Shakespeare or do not like an intimate setting.

77
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.

77
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.

77
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

77
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.

75
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.

75
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.

75
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

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).

74
Original, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a contemporary and original representation of a play.

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

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.

71
Quirky, Entertaining

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.

70
Ambitious, Epic, Confusing

See it if You enjoy updated stagings of classic works with a small ensemble in an intimate theater.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist.

70
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy Shakespeare at a fast pace, with some rock music.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a big budget theatrical production.

70
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.


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