Fat Ham NYC Reviews and Tickets

89%
(215 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
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Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

A modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet centered around a queer, Black man. 

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65 Reviews | 11 Followers
100
Emotive, Relevant, Biting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see an adaptation of Shakespeare that feels truly interesting and relevant; you're excited by seeing a queer-centered piece.

Don't see it if you are easily thrown by small plot holes or unanswered questions; you don't like plays that mention death or violence.

259 Reviews | 63 Followers
100
Fabulousosa, Intelligent, Hilarious, Must see, Extraordinary

See it if You appreciate contemporary Black American comedy, fabulousness in general and relevant interpretations of Shakespeare

Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable with Black gay themes or you like your Shakespeare old and traditional Read more

72 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Delightful, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy riffs on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that end with dancing and glitter

522 Reviews | 81 Followers
100
Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if I am still on cloud 9 from this incredible production which is brilliantly written, directed, acted and presented. DO NOT MISS!!!!!

Don't see it if Just see it. Hopefully this is the future of live theater!!!!!

57 Reviews | 2 Followers
100
Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want a creative take on Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don’t want to feel joy

52 Reviews | 10 Followers
99
Profound, Hilarious, Dizzying, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see theater doing what it was meant to do. You believe in choosing pleasure and joy in the face of tragedy.

Don't see it if You're seriously sensitive to smoke or intergenerational trauma. Otherwise just do yourself a favor and see it. Read more

316 Reviews | 61 Followers
99
Great writing, Must see, Refreshing, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see an interesting take on a Shakespearean classic- “Hamlet”. It is super funny, modern, yet contextual. It can get a little

Don't see it if Loud. The ghost elements, especially in the beginning, are great. There is some N-word usage (not as much as other recent plays that I have Read more

276 Reviews | 85 Followers
98
Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an absolutely fabulous play by James Ijames! I haven’t been to a show where I felt more in engaged in a long time! Cast A++!

Don't see it if You aren’t ready for a play that breaks the 4th wall and the energy that creates between the cast & the audience. This play is outstanding!

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
May 26th, 2022

"For all that Ijames dismantles in Shakespeare’s original text, he builds it back up into something that’s more — more tragic but also more joyous, more comedic, more political, more contemporary. ... 'To be or not to be' becomes a different kind of existential query. It’s not a question of life or death, but of who we can decide to be in a world that tries to define that for us: Can you be soft? Can you be queer? Can you be brave? Can you be honest?"
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Time Out New York
June 6th, 2022

"5/5 Stars! The outlines of James Ijames's delicious riff on 'Hamlet' are Shakespearean, but the point and the punch lines—and most of the poetry—are the playwright's own...'Fat Ham' keeps you cackling so consistently that the play's sudden acts of cruelty land like punches in the gut...Director Saheem Ali makes sure every laugh lands and that the broad performances never slip into stereotype."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 26th, 2022

"Ijames and Ali create a magnificently silly farce-climax, followed by a sublimely glittery reality-breaking denouement. And between these two sequences came my favorite moment. After the peak of the action, when the characters realize that the rules of dramaturgy do not need to apply to them, they relinquish their strenuously noisy performances and just talk."
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The Wall Street Journal
May 26th, 2022

"On its own terms, the play is an unalloyed pleasure: clever in its allusions to and occasional modest borrowings from Shakespeare’s mighty drama, frank and funny in its depiction of a family in the throes of transition, and acted with infectious exuberance."
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The Observer
May 26th, 2022

"Once you get past the sitcommy outlines of the project, the uniqueness of Ijames’s voice and his critique of genre becomes more apparent and pleasurable. He translates the domestic and political conflict of 'Hamlet' to the modern South where he grew up. The resulting queer, Black, middle-class lens is inherently irreverent and a goof, but also liberating."
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The Washington Post
May 26th, 2022

"Unabashedly entertaining and one of a spate of enticing new plays that are destined to be seen on stages across the country, offering fresh hope to theaters and theatergoers who are willing the industry back to full health."
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New York Theatre Guide
May 26th, 2022

"The author also lends his own distinct point of view for his contemporary update. This slice of life leans hard into comedy, not tragedy, as it ponders big things that matter: personal identity, sexuality, transparency, living out loud."
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Theatermania
May 26th, 2022

"In Ijames's hands, Shakespeare's text about a brooding, fake-mad, mother-obsessed, father-avenging prince of Denmark becomes a play celebrating Blackness, specifically radical Black queer softness.'"
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