Red Lab Productions and Roust Theatre Company's take on Shakespeare's tragedy shifts the focus from the title character to the intrigue, opportunism, and political scheming of a burgeoning police state. More…
This starkly realized new world order—insidiously ushered in by murderous and destabilizing tactics—provides a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘something is rotten in the state of Denmark.’ From a curiously flat-footed Hamlet and a self-aggrandizing ‘Polonius the First,' to the questionable death of the old king and a torrid affair between Gertrude and Claudius, Boris Akunin’s 'Hamlet: a Version' provides a radically prescient perspective on a contemporary political issue: How to eradicate the old to make way for the new.
See it if You want to see a play that rewrites Hamlet. Shakespeare has nothing to worry about.
Don't see it if You think there is no need to alter Hamlet.
See it if you don't have a preconceived notion of what Hamlet should look like on stage; you like your Shakespeare to be entertaining and accessible.
Don't see it if you want to hear the original text - this isn't that, which is to this production's benefit imho but YMMV.
See it if ..you like alternative history or detective novels. The show is worthy and only 1h 40min and $18 so perfect for an affordable night out
Don't see it if ..you think Shakespeare is sacred. You don't like CG scenery.
See it if It is like no other play running in NYC now. It is a fresh, compelling take on HAMLET. A gorgeous production.
Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it. Check it out before it closes.