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I Hate Hamlet Staff Pick

When: March 20-April 4 2015
Phone: 801-581-6961
Price: $25 - $44 in advance and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Shakespeare's most famous creation, Hamlet, has traditionally been the top of the proverbial dramatic mountain. Playing a great Hamlet can make an actor's reputation; playing a bad one is ruination. What Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet presupposes is: What if an actor, cast as Hamlet, discovers he never really liked the role much, but is forced by the ghost of John Barrymore to go on? The play that unfolds is a sympathetic, if barbed, look at the life and crippling insecurity of the actor, with an (only slightly anachronistic) conflict set up between the true art an actor can create on the stage and the banal, bourgeois comforts of living in Los Angeles and acting on television. Pioneer Theatre Company's production is a fine one, and it succeeds in no small part through the excellent casting of its leads. As the erstwhile television star Andrew Rally, Ben Rosenbaum spends most of the play as the straight man to Barrymore, but still conveys the nuances of the character's (ultimately feigned) ambivalence toward the character of Hamlet. The show-stealer, in the flashier yet just as layered role, is Barrymore, played to hammy perfection by J. Paul Boehmer. Since one of the play's subtler and more profound points turns out to be that hamming it up is harder than it looks, it does the production much good for the role to be played with such care, sensitivity and skill. (Danny Bowes)




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