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The Merry Wives of Windsor (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Quirky
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32 reviews

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents a holiday-themed take on Shakespeare's ribald comedy featuring the outrageous and irrepressible John Falstaff. 

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This new production offers audiences the chance to join in the fun of watching John Fallstaff, the character Queen Elizabeth loved so much she requested his own spin-off, live, learn, laugh, and love in a festive production, featuring live music that's half-Christmas half-Mardi Gras.


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"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

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Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you would want to see a great performance of a very minor play.

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

Also The mostly very young cast (except Falstaff) is sensational and wrings... Read more Read less


See it if you want to support an energetic group of mostly young actors.

Don't see it if you don't like overly broad, overly loud performances by a cast that shouts instead of acts. Maybe the fault of the director.

Clever, Energetic, Great fun, Fresh, Great ensemble cast

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.

Also The major complaints about this Merry Wives are the shortness of its r... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great fun - well executed

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare's sillier plays, if you are in the mood for something light

Don't see it if Farce turns you off or you are looking for something polished

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing

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

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

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

Also Not a fan of Shakesphere but really enjoyed this refreshing twist. Gre... Read more Read less

Endearing, Small-scale, A classic all dressed up for the holidays

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?

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy, Good silliness

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.

Clever, Riveting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Creative interpretation

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.

Also This is a very intimate setting/show. This is NOT a high budget, crazy... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

Clever, Quirky, Musical, Intimate, Run amok

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.

Also There are 3 rows of folding chairs on either side of the action. Be ca... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Slapstick

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.

Funny, Delightful, Banal, Mediocre, Entertaining

See it if you like Shakespeare and don't mind the play without proper costume.

Don't see it if you want to see Shakespeare's work with sets and costume.

Funny, Quirky, Banal, Entertaining, Fluffy

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.

Quirky, Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy

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.

Also HID is typically very good at making Shakespeare’s text engaging, rela... Read more Read less

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fun, Good music

See it if If you like non-traditional shakespeare with music

Don't see it if want a “traditional” play

Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like your Shakespeare fast, funny and bouncing!

Don't see it if you want to have profound thoughts about life and the universe. No revelations within

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Great staging

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)

Also It was a little special to see this play about men chasing after women... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like a Shakespeare comedy actually performed as a comedy.

Don't see it if if you prefer the tragedies or histories.

Spirited, Shaggy

See it if you get off on pure uncut "let's put on a show!" moxie.

Don't see it if you are immune to the amusements of parlor antics.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You like Shakespeare presented in a bright and lively interpretation.

Don't see it if You aren't ok with a hard to find, intimate, informal venue.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if 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 .

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Good time

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.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy watching multi-talented performers in a small venue.

Don't see it if You like heavier subject matter.

Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love witty well-delivered Shakespeare and want to pee your pants laughing.

Don't see it if You're lame. Plain and simple.