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May Violets Spring

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Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

About the show

Turn to Flesh Productions presents a retelling of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' from Ophelia's point of view. More…

'May Violets Spring' combines Shakespeare's original 'Hamlet' text with Parenti's new verse to reexamine the famous story with a focus on Ophelia. From a girl imprisoned by society to a woman taking control of her own narrative, this new play explores classic characters through a contemporary lens.

Member Reviews (36)


Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
Avg Score

Ambitious, Clever, Slow, Small scale, Long

See it if you're interested in a novel approach to WS. The verse is used cleverly; Ophelia has her day. The play needs cuts; it wears out its welcome.

Don't see it if you'd rather see real WS. I would. Even an ambitious reworking isn't close to the great original. MVS suffers further from uneven acting.

Also This is a noble experiment which, unfortunately, fails.

Edgy, Rating is a comp. between my 60 and partner's 900

See it if would like a new view of Hamlet thru the eyes of Ophelia

Don't see it if It did not work for me but partner loved it. My score 60 partner 90

Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Uneven directing, Needs editing

See it if You're familiar w/Shakespeare. You enjoy twists on classic plays. You like verse plays.

Don't see it if You want consistent direction-the 2 acts don't match. You want a concise play: it's too long & unnecessarily has 2 acts.

Also Fight the temptation to leave at intermission. While Act 1 is a mess-m... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Clever, Quirky, Mostly good acting

See it if You want to see a new spin on an old classic that is pretty well executed.

Don't see it if You can't have fun with Shakespeare. Also it felt long! This could do with a little tightening. Good acting mixed with mediocre acting.

Original, Quirky, A little long, Topical

See it if you're open to adapatations of Shakespeare that have very little to do with the original play, and you like female-centric shows.

Don't see it if if you're impatient with lots of liberties being taken with the story, uneven acting and a very spare production.

Ambitious, Good acting, Different

See it if you are interested in Shakespeare, specifically in an original approach to Hamlet.

Don't see it if Shakepeare is not your thing and you do not enjoy Shakepearean verses.

Clever, Quirky, Acted with heart, Slightly-amateurish, Ambitious

See it if you're a Shakespeare fan who doesn't mind his work (mostly Hamlet with other allusions and lines thrown in) reforged for contemporary times.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shakespearean language, are a Bard purist, dislike independent high-school-production-feel shows; are misogynistic.

Also May Violets Spring is an ambitious re-imagining of Hamlet, with lines ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you'd like to see an inventive rewriting of a well-known Shakespearean play.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of someone rewriting Shakespeare; you'll dislike an attempt to infuse a modern sensibility into a Shakespearean plot

Also I enjoyed the first act, but IMO the second act was much weaker. I als... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if A seamless mix of Shakespeare & fresh, inventive iambic pentameter clearly delivered, essentially creating a new play in the Canon appeals.

Don't see it if You're such a Shakespearean purist that you'll pass on hearing the language sing so effortlessly & clearly from this fine cast. Just see it.

Also Note to the Production: suggest the sound of light rain at the end, in... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great writing, Clever

See it if If you've always wanted to hear an Ophelia backstory.

Don't see it if You can't stand anyone messing about with Shakespeare, and you only enjoy fully staged productions.

Also The plot and language have great potential - I'd love to see a more pr... Read more Read less

Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if U want to see Shakespeare performed so badly u'll cringe, & the text slaughtered. Ophelia has a backstory-shes pregnant-& is in every scene.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend the play wondering why no one told Ophelia throwing tantrums & being coy wasnt irritating. Worst review I've given.

Also Was curious why some gave it 90 to 100 during previews; noticed each h... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Good acting, Ugly costumes

See it if Parety uses his own verse with excerpts from Shakespeare plays in this extraordinary take on Hamlet, in which Ophelia has the main role.

Don't see it if you are not interested in Shakespeare

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You like seeing something that has potential, but is by no means good yet & like to think about the overlooked women in the Bard's works.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist, can't stand long plays, or very bad acting at some parts.

Also The idea here is great but this seemed like a bad high school version ... Read more Read less

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a spin on a classic. The idea is great; the execution needs some work. I do think the actors were really good.

Don't see it if You are a die hard Shakespeare enthusiast and the idea of anyone messing with perfection enrages you. Most of all..IT...WAS...TOO...LONG.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like twists on Shakespeare and amazing acting

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

Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the exploration of "what if?" when it comes to adaptations of Shakespeare, and if you like to see a female-centric story.

Don't see it if it would bother you too much for famous lines from Hamlet to be spoken by other characters in different scenes than the original.

Great writing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in an intriguing script in verse that puts Ophelia in the driver's seat of her own destiny.

Don't see it if Uneven performances and rather shameless mugging are a turn-off.

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if You want to see a show in iambic pentameter that pretends to be Shakespeare

Don't see it if You want to see anything close to the real Hamlet, or a Hamlet with a different Ophelia that still operates in the original world of Hamlet.

Also They changed the play so much that it was almost unrecognizable. While... Read more Read less

Great acting, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a feminist spin in a classic

Don't see it if you have a very hard time understanding shakespearean verse

Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare and would like to see a spin on Hamlet with Ophelia as the focus

Don't see it if You're looking for the melodrama of Hamlet, don't care for racially diverse shows, or want something that doesn't make you think

Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful, Romantic

See it if you like small and cozy theater spaces, seeing actors from close proximity, like a different turn of events in a classical story :)

Don't see it if you have no interest in acting and small productions.

Clever, Confusing, Great writing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you're interested in a new take on HAMLET and/or you enjoy female-centric stories.

Don't see it if you can't put aside some poor acting and directing choices to embrace the over all heart of the story.

Also A few years ago, I saw the original production and I've got to say, th... Read more Read less

Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You want to see every single play in the world. Or are obsessed with renditions of Hamlet

Don't see it if Value your time. The lead character was (for me) annoying and over-acting in a very unpleasant way. The production was not put together well

Clever, Ambitious

See it if You always wondered why Ophelia had a whole scene after she lost her mind but no real exposition as to why.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist ^_^

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if you want another version of the classic play.

Don't see it if you are not open-minded.

“May Violets Spring” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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