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 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 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 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.