By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
“To be, or not to be? That is the question.” Generation after generation of great actors have gone on to give their own unique and personal answer to Hamlet’s most famous query. Actor Peter Sarsgaard (Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters) reunites with director Austin Pendleton for what promises to be a riveting and contemporary take on this timeless classic.
“A STYLISH MODERN-DRESS PRODUCTION. Peter Sarsgaard delivers an emotionally intense and lucid Hamlet who remains mordantly aware of the semi-comic nature of his predicament…always watchable with an easily digested colloquial style. Lisa Joyce lends Ophelia an unusual and appealing firmness of spirit. Penelope Allen’s Gertrude matches Harris Yulin’s Claudius in restraint and dignity.”
“There is a new Hamlet in town, and Peter Sarsgaard has his back, giving this poetic youth of the ages a CRISP, NUANCED and STRIKINGLY MODERN voice. Stephen Spinella as Polonius is very wonderful; ironic, with impeccable timing and rhythm.”
“This Hamlet sports a hipster suit and brings a FRESH APPROACH to the familiar soliloquies.”
“Peter Sarsgaard’s performance as Shakespeare’s vengeful prince is fully committed — in every sense of the word. He makes the most of his distinctive tenor voice; vulnerable and unsettling in turn.”
“Director Austin Pendleton’s HAMLET is A FASCINATING REVISION. It views the drama not through the eyes of Hamlet but from the perspective of those around him.”
Scenic Design WALT SPANGLER
March 27 – May 10, 2015
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Photo: Joan Marcus