After a workshop run at the 2016 Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City brings back 'Mary V,' a Pirandellian, feminist appropriation of Shakespeare's historical play. More…
What happens when an all-female production of 'Henry V' goes up against a concurrent traditional staging? An ensemble of female actors arrives at the theater to begin rehearsing Shakespeare's 'Henry V.' But to their surprise they discover that a male-dominant production of the same play is already in intense rehearsals in the space. The men cannot come to terms with the fact that the ladies want to run the show, and a thespian battle of the sexes ensues.
"'Mary V' is a bloody, complicated struggle for the soul of modern feminism...Director Charlotte Murray uses Theatre for the New City's largest performance space extraordinarily well. The large ensemble fills the whole space, and engages the audience throughout...The talent and total investment of the large cast, the thoughtful concept, and the excellent design all combine to create a piece of theatre that is enjoyable, critical, and essentially feminist." Full Review
See it if You are fed up with the fuck that is going on in the world right now and are OVER mansplainers and toxic masculinity. This show is so NEEDED
Don't see it if Soft of heart. Don't believe in feminism. Are uptight about Shakespeare or are incapable of understanding what theatre is all about.
See it if Craving something raw, something fiery and BADASS on stage. Excellent stage combat!
Don't see it if You are a stuck up traditionalist! This ain't your grandma's idea of Shakespeare.
See it if You're tired of toxic masculinity hurting both genders, you like swordfights on a grand scale, you like grey morality
Don't see it if You're a sexist, pretentious Shakespeare purist, or think the real world has easy solutions
See it if You want to see a gender switching battle (literally) of the sexes, loosely based Henry (Mary) V. Women take over a men's production-& world
Don't see it if 2 1/2 hrs of an idea which had some great points but needed much focus would put you off. "A" for effort & for stage fighting. Trite ending!
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