Shakespeare's Hamlet from Folger Theatre
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The last date listed for Hamlet was Sunday June 6, 2010 / 7:00pm.
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Learn More
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Featured review from mcandjo
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It was a breath of fresh air to see a production where the intention is to try to stay true to the text and figure Shakespeare out. Too many of today's productions add in all kinds of distractions and modernizations in an attempt to make it entertaining and appealing. I am constantly reminded of the Hamlet that Michael Kahn directed at the STC, it was disgusting! There were so many distractions (ipods, Doritos chips, flashing cameras) that the play was completely lost. I cried, during Kahn's Hamlet, not because I was moved by the performance, but rather for the damage that they did to Shakespeare.
Joseph Haj as director & Graham Hamilton as Hamlet, just give us Shakespeare, and though it is not perfect, I am deeply grateful for their efforts. I plan to go back and see it again.
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While the production opted to use a modern, yet very functional, set and modern dress costumes, in every other way the production was true to Shakespeare's intent. There were several strong acting performances, with supporting roles giving an...continued
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Haj
Original Music by Jack Herrick
What should fellows such as I do crawling between earth and heaven?_
Joseph Haj is Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Rep at UNC-Chapel Hill and was named by American Theater magazine as one of the artists who will shape the next 25 years of theater in America.
Tony Award-winning musician Jack Herrick, a member of the Red Clay Ramblers, will compose original music for this production.
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