Fat Ham (Broadway)
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Fat Ham (Broadway)
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Fat Ham (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(823 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

A modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with a young, queer Black man at the center.

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54 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a modern adaption of Hamlet.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist. Read more

77 Reviews | 7 Followers
100
Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a new take on Hamlet in a contemporary setting, addressing timely issues about sexuality and families

Don't see it if you don't like quirky or edgy shows, or are uncomfortable watching a show with adult humor

90 Reviews | 32 Followers
100
Profound, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a classic reinvented! Thought provoking but funny, irreverent but respectful 🤯. I bet Shakespeare is feeling proud!

Don't see it if (I saw people in the audience scandalized. Here in NYC!) If you think you’ll have that kind of reaction, just read the play, stay home safe.

63 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Transcendent, hysterical, exhilarating

See it if You want to be free from the mortal coil. This is liberation itself, and ecstacy.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a few strobe lights. This is better than HUMBLE BOY, STAGE BLOOD, or ROS & GUIL ARE DEAD and as good as HAMLET itself.

87 Reviews | 21 Followers
100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Everyone should see this fabulous and funny show that takes Hamlet and cleverly turns it on its head.

Don't see it if You don't want to both laugh and think at a show.

193 Reviews | 29 Followers
100
Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if This is kind of a modern take on Hamlet with social relevant issues. It has an excellent cast and great direction. It really takes flies!

Don't see it if If you have no interest in socioeconomic issues, the Black struggle against their history, then you should move on to another show.

51 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if You love plays about black queer people thriving and being joyful, with great acting, impromptu music videos, and good bbq.

Don't see it if You’re a Shakespeare purist.

273 Reviews | 47 Followers
99
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a new work that is very well deserving of the Pulitzer Prize / want to see Black queer joy.

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare adaptations white / are expecting to see Hamlet.

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
April 12th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: “ Seeing ‘Fat Ham,’ even multiple times, thus remains a revelation and a balm. It does one of the most important things we ask of theater: to rehearse, as many times as necessary, better ways to be — instead of choosing not to.”
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Time Out New York
April 12th, 2023

“...’Fat Ham’ keeps you cackling so consistently that the play’s sudden acts of cruelty land like punches in the gut.”
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New York Theatre Guide
April 13th, 2023

“Ijames takes Hamlet’s political and social themes and marinates them for a modern audience...’Fat Ham’ is less about seeking revenge and more about Juicy winning justice.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 12th, 2023

“This isn’t a tragedy. In fact, it breaks open and becomes a comedy complete with a big dance sequence at the end...I’d be interested to see another version of ’Fat Ham’ that brings that bitterness out further, slices toward the confrontational bones underneath the comedy.”
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Deadline
April 12th, 2023

“Excellently performed by the entire cast...Ijames’ play resolves on an exhilarating, life-affirming note. Or, to be more precise, notes, as in song, and dance, and enough good-time gender-bending disco sparkle to win over all but the grumpiest of spirits.”
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New York Daily News
April 13th, 2023

“At no point does this play feel like anything other than a big-fun Broadway show: It’s a smart, fearless and often wildly entertaining 90 minutes, filled not just with radical ideas but with absurdist spectacle.”
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Variety
April 12th, 2023

“ 'Fat Ham' is a total gas — the funniest and most invigorating new show on Broadway...The playwright’s own prose is lean and precise, with a vibrance of rhythm and association that hardly needs any supplementing.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 19th, 2023

"This version of 'Fat Ham' plays like a modern sitcom, although with more tragic undertones. The slapstick humor and expressive deliveries leave little room for boredom, which is a double-edged sword."
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