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.
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 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 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.
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 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
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 Shakespeare fan looking for a fun, fast-paced take on the plays with some strong acting. Falstaff in particular is well done.
Don't see it if You are completely new to the play - This cut would likely be hard to follow for a first time viewer.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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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