"Framed as a Christmas trifle, with red-and-green clothes and even ugly sweaters, HID'S 'Merry Wives' is as giddy as a cup of good strong nog. Once again, the company brings out a strong ensemble full of excellent clowns who double as musicians, and don't object to interjecting modernisms to keep the jingle ball rolling...The cut is smart, keeping the (very few) known speeches, conflating unnecessary characters, and moving the plot along briskly." Full Review
See it if You're up for a fresh and seasonal take on a Shakespearean trifle by this consistently inventive, fun and energetic, talented young troupe.
Don't see it if You don't equate Shakespeare with slapstick, silly or slo-mo — they're all here, and appropriately so; Shakespeare as intended and original.
See it if you enjoy well performed and clearly articulated Shakespearean comedy book with modern costumes/music and minimalist set in casual theatre
Don't see it if you do not enjoy or cannot understand easily Elizabethan English or humor, prefer elaborate traditional costumes and set or a formal theatre
See it if ...you want to see a very good case made for the basic strengths of what might be Shakespeare's least distinguished comedy.
Don't see it if If you have no interest in cracked productions of Shakespearean comedy, you might be a little less tolerant of all the foolery than I was .
See it if You love twisted Shakesphere. Costumes & dialogue great. Live music and musicians were part of show. Creative and hilarious. Enjoyable
Don't see it if If you do not like Shakesphere English
See it if Shakespeare lovingly & bracingly performed by a cast of clever actors in a space not much bigger than a living room. No declaiming, just...
Don't see it if bright, quick fun, maybe a little too big & a bit too forced for the space, but everyone is having such a good time, why carp?
See it if You enjoy high energy comedy. You like modern takes on Shakespeare. You want good, over the top, entertainment.
Don't see it if You want a traditional interpretation of Shakespeare with no edits. You prefer dramas. You like a natural approach to classic plays.
See it if Like to see enthusiastic artists keeping a live a funny Shakespeare piece not well known. A creative music component, fantastic atmosphere
Don't see it if you only like conventional theater and don't like to be surprised with a creative setting adjusted to a limited site and budget
See it if you love Shakespeare! This is such a fun adaptation and the acting was superb. I was rolling in laughter!
Don't see it if you find Shakespeare annoying. This play is definitely a deep-cut of Shakespeare, but it's incredibly well done.
See it if you want to see Shakespeare done the way Shakespeare intended: loudly, bawdily, irreverently, and cleverly.
Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare as a museum piece: stiff, dusty, and something from & of the past.
See it if You like your Shakespeare accessible, fast-paced, and ad-libbed with modern asides.
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist (lots of, some would argue necessary cuts), or if you don't like intimate spaces.
See it if You enjoy a kind of Marx brothers-style slapstick humor, or you enjoy small-scale community theatre-style productions.
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist or want a larger scale production.
See it if you like you're Shakespeare zany with a large dollop of irreverence.
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist. There's a LOT of random shtick and ad-libbing that sometimes really distracts from the actual comedy.
See it if You want to see all of HID’s productions, and if you like the color red.
Don't see it if You like Merry Wives, or are hoping for this to be a good introduction to a Shakespeare show you don’t know.
See it if you like great cuts of Shakespeare's "lesser" plays with creative staging; if you like small, intimate shows; if you like physical comedy
Don't see it if you don't like modern dress or other anachronisms; if you want your Shakespeare followed to the letter (if the spirit does not suffice)
See it if You enjoy seeing a reworked version of Shakespeare. If you enjoy a fun, Shakespeare comedy then you’ll enjoy this version of the show
Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or seeing Shakespeare done non-traditionally.
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