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Henry V (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s all-female production of Shakespeare's complex, swashbuckling history play tackles the pursuit of glory, the pleasure of humor, and even a little French romance. More…

Following the death of his father, King Henry V ascends to the throne of England and soon makes a claim to parts of France based on distant ancestral ties. When the prince of France responds insultingly, Henry embarks upon a war with England's great rival.

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Member Reviews (30)


Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful
Avg Score

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Odd directing choices, Mixed acting skills

See it if You want to support a young theatre company. You want to see non-traditional casting. You want a modern interpretation of a history play.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a significantly edited history. You want a uniformly, classically trained cast. You don't like small theatre spaces.

Also I have to applaud the company for tackling a difficult Shakespeare pla... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like new visions of classic stories with a wonderful cast of women.

Don't see it if You like old-school Shakespeare and want to see it that way

Slow, Disappointing, Amateurish, Poorly staged

See it if You have a great need to see Henry V, enjoy seeing plays in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you are expecting a fully formed production.

You can have your trump caesar and your no-pants hamlet, this all-women production of henry v is the best and most enjoyable shakespeare play of the summer., Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You love the language of Shakespeare and are willing to listen intently and follow closely. These ladies deliver the goods.

Don't see it if You just don't "get" Shakespeare and don't want to. Or if you have some ridiculous retro objection to the all-female casting-it's amazing!

Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like Shakespeare; want to see a well done all female performance in a small bare bones room

Don't see it if You are not a Shakespeare fan; want to see older or mixed gender actors

Great writing, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see Shakespeare spoken quite well, but adapted poorly

Don't see it if You want to derive meaning from a production

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Megan Greener as Henry V is a delight - she captures Henry's charisma and pathos in a unique and powerful way.

Don't see it if The directing was effective for character work but at points it was hard to follow WHERE certain characters were and what they were doing.

Ambitious, Slow, Rough, Funny, Edgy

See it if you want a refreshing, fun, all-female take on Henry V. You like an intimate show where actors interact with audience.

Don't see it if you prefer Shakespeare performed as is without being condensed or liberal use of French. First preview was unpolished in some scenes.

Also Shakespeare purists, turn away! Many characters and scenes are cut, Ca... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and appreciate a performance that delights.

Don't see it if You prefer a set/scenery (rather than your imagination).

Great acting, Intense, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like condensed versions of classics that tell the same tale, in the original language, but add modern elements, often humorous.

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare free of modern taint; you hate trying to figure out WTF the actors are saying bc, face it, the language is wack.

Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a strong, all-female ensemble shaking up a centuries-old history. Also, the titular role will leave you spell-bound.

Don't see it if you're looking for flashy spectacle, or don't like audience interaction. This is a story told to YOU for YOU.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You respect a wonderful effort by a new and exciting troupe...I loved the singing before and during the intermission and enjoyed the show

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare and have no interest in interpretations of his plays

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you want to lend support to young female company, with good intentions

Don't see it if some racing thru the lines without imparting weight or meaning, running around (tiny stage) without meaning.. might confound you...

Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you are open to enjoying Henry V instead of finding it plodding and boring

Don't see it if you aren't ready to see an all-female cast (who do a marvelous job) perform a Shakespearean play.

Also This small theater group continues to put on high quality productions ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like a tight and well-paced cut of Shakespeare, you're excited by the well-executed concept, you like pop music

Don't see it if The quality of the acting runs the gamut from outstanding to meh and you can't get past that, you like bells and whistles.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Well-acted, Enjoyable, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy seeing classic plays presented with a fresh eye; energy here is high and Illuminates what (can) make men act male.

Don't see it if You need scenery or pagentry to enjoy a show; or if you can't make imaginative leaps in casting.

Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy some bad ass bitches taking on the bard! The performances are spectacular!

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare.

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want a new take on Henry V with modern music and actresses who are enjoying themselves.

Don't see it if you're looking for traditional Shakespeare or dislike overacting and running across the stage with no intent behind it.

Also The title is misleading. It is not an exciting, revamped Henry V and H... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Fun

See it if You enjoy a tightly run, well staged show. You enjoy practicing your French. You like small, intimate theaters.

Don't see it if you need multiple and/or major love scene storylines

Also Excellent cut of a sometimes difficult play. Changing Flewellyn (sp?) ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You love your Shakespeare joyful and fresh, with excellent music.

Don't see it if You are looking for a Traditional Henry, or are looking for something technically high (this show self-described "inspired by the globe")

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Quirky

See it if You enjoy non-traditional Shakespeare in a small setting. You don't mind proximity to the action or audience interaction.

Don't see it if You want to see seasoned professionals, you aren't interested in theater that's a bit experimental, you like traditional Shakespeare shows.

Also Overall, I really enjoyed this show. While it was not the best or clea... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You would like to see a hysterical modern twist on Shakespeare, cleverly written, engaging, with superb acting and entertainment.

Don't see it if You will miss a theatrical setting.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You love all-female productions or Shakespeare in general.

Don't see it if You can't understand Shakespeare's language

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if want to support female artists doing Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you want to see Shakespeare done in an exciting and invigorating way.

Also The only thing this production did was cast all women, which we've all... Read more Read less

Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want to witness an example of an strong, benevolent leader in the midst of war, and appreciate great comedic timing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious, "typical" production of Shakespeare.

August 1st, 2017
"A riotous and nuanced 'Henry V'...Rightmyer offers one of the most intelligent cuts of the script I have ever seen...The cast works truly as an ensemble, so that it seems almost disingenuous to single any one actor out for her contribution to the whole...The St. Crispin Day's given n...
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