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Hamlet: An Experience

From 5 critic and 22 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

About the show

In Brite Theater's new production, Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. More…

Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before. Hamlet has the questions. Do you have the answers?

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.



98
Front Row Center

"You will be able to get closer to Hamlet than you ever have before; you will come away richer for having been to this one...This telling is an intimate group effort and a journey that is a unique experience made the more unique because of each person there...Emily Carding does a courageous and intimate 50-minute portrayal of the core of the Prince’s story...The play is brought down to the essence of Hamlet’s experience and point of view." Full Review

80
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "On paper, it may sound gimmicky, but it allows the audience to meet the one of Shakespeare’s most complex characters at a very personal level. Outside the framework of Shakespeare’s play, Carding’s melancholy seems utterly genuine and all we want to do is help him. Sigfusdottir’s adaptation and Carding’s sensitive interpretation provide a shortcut to the empathy that many Hamlets crave but seldom achieve." Full Review

80
FringeGuru

for a previous production "Although I found this framing story a tiny bit confusing, the essentials of what's happening are easy to understand. We're here to stage a version of 'Hamlet,' with Carding in the title role, but with members of the audience filling the other parts...This is An Experience – an opportunity to encounter Shakespeare's most iconic story from the inside – and unless you happen to be an actor, it's an experience you'll never have had before...But if I'm honest, first and foremost, it was pure good... Full Review

80
Fringe Review (UK)

for a previous production "Carding is fearless, her grasp of the material flawless and her energy boundless, although it is a shame that the acoustics in the venue are terrible, with the loudest bits of dialogue bouncing back and overwhelming each other. If the right venue can be found to absorb all the slings and arrows, the whips and scorns, the poison and the sword fights, and Carding gets participants who listen to her, this would be an even more compelling telling of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays." Full Review

65
Arthur's Seat

for a previous production "Although the instructions are clear and lines/directions simple enough, never seeing this specific production before results in an unavoidable nervousness regarding everyone catching their cues. This, for me as a participant, took away from enjoying Emily Carding’s performance as Hamlet, which was only inches away...So, even though the performance is bold in its participatory element and features terrific acting by Carding – the overall ‘experience’ is somewhat lacking." Full Review


90
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You’re looking for some human connection unlike any other. Emily Carding stares into your eyes and becomes Hamlet. It’s wild.

Don't see it if I know you want to hide and avoid audience participation but this is audience participation with the kindest touch. Put yourself out there.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You enjoy new looks at old works. And if you understand Shakespeare. And like participating.

Don't see it if You know nothing of the true “Hamlet.”

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You enjoy immersive staging in an intimate space. You have some familiarity w/Hamlet. You like non-traditional adaptations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable w/being in the middle of the action. You detest audience participation. You prefer Hamlet as written or seen as a whole

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You love Hamlet and are interested in a different angle on it. Enjoy interactive one woman shows. Like experimental theater

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar Hamlet, uncomfortable on stage, or are not interested by Hamlet.

Also Hamlet is my favorite play and so I’m fascinated by different angles o... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Hamlet posed in a new way and like small, intimate performances.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation, lo-fi theatre, or don't like abridged versions of classic texts.

84
Thought-provoking, Fun, Communal, Stripped down

See it if you'd like to see a sleek, stripped-down hour-long version of Shakespeare's longest play, & maybe even take on a role for yourself.

Don't see it if you are a purist when it comes to the Bard or have a total aversion to audience participation.

Also Emily Carding plays a very acute, engaged Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. B... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to be a part of Shakespeare and love immersive theatre. You want to see a version of hamlet like never before. Loved the actress

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theatre or Shakespeare.

80
Hamlet, with a gimmick.

See it if you like Shakespeare--especially "Hamlet".

Don't see it if audience participation Shakespeare isn't your cup of Elizabethan tea.

Also The production begins--if this lean, one-woman "Hamlet" can even be ca... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if The actor has truncated the sweeping scope of Hamlet and distilled it to 1 hour. Audience members take the parts of other characters. Fun.

Don't see it if Like traditional Shakespearean tragedy done in predictable ways.

Also Audience members sit on stage and are invited to accept the role that ... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want a different Hamlet "experience" that you are involved in as a condensed version includes the audience on a small bare stage.

Don't see it if you do not like participatory theater, are not familiar with the Shakespearean play or you cannot use your imagination to follow the action.

78
Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Intelligent, Fun!

See it if You’re a fan of Shakespeare, especially Hamlet, this was a fun way to be involved in the show and experience it up close and personal.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of Shakespeare.

77
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You love Hamlet and are not a purist. This was kind of a “ Hamlet’s greatest hits” with some audience participation. Fun and well done.

Don't see it if You are offended by abridged Shakespeare. You don’t like Hamlet.

72
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You already love Hamlet, and want to join in an interactive experience.

Don't see it if You don't already know the play.

70
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You want a pared down Hamlet and you want to see your fellow theater goers as actors. Everyone went for it and seemed to have fun.

Don't see it if You want to see something new in your Hamlet. While a good paired down version I'd have been confused if I didn't already know the play.

70
Novel, Immersive, Bold, Audience-participation, Great acting

See it if You enjoy theatre that is as much immersive community experience than it is a traditional play. You enjoy committing as an audience member.

Don't see it if You cannot bring yourself to be earnestly invested in a group situation that requires a level of participation from the audience.

Also "All the world’s a stage,... Read more Read less

68
Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you want a different take on Hamlet; if you've ever wanted to be in Hamlet; if you like very stripped down versions of plays with 1 actor

Don't see it if you want a more traditional Hamlet with a full cast; if you don't want to participate or read lines; you want a professional production

35
Lame idea falls flat

See it if You enjoy stupid party games, You prefer your Hamlet cut to 60 mins. You hope to be roped into being a supporting actor with a few lines.

Don't see it if It isn’t that a woman can’t play HAMLET... it’s that THIS woman can’t. She who prefers to remain nameless, no programs, no curtain call,

Also brings not one new idea or any insight into her Hamlet. If you choose ... Read more Read less

30
Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You're and intense Shakespeare fan. You are familiar with Hamlet.

Don't see it if You don't want to "participate" in the play. Don't appreciate the Bard. Don't want to see a severely edited Hamlet.

76
Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You like to be a part of the show, and like things that are trying to be different.

Don't see it if You want to sit in your seat and watch

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Edgy, Slow

See it if You enjoy immersive theater and audience participation and long monologues.

Don't see it if You do not already know the plot of Hamlet. This is a highly condensed version of Hamlet and not for people who enjoy traditional theater.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You are adventurous, smart, truly love Shakespeare in your bones; if you are a bit of a star; if you love being intellectually stimulated.

Don't see it if You are looking for a prepackaged, “Broadway” experience; you don’t respect artistic process; you are drunk.

Also I see a huge amount of theater. Very seldom do I see anything truly or... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to explore the character of Hamlet on a deep new level. Carding creates a safe space to engage in profound stuff if you choose.

Don't see it if if yr not open to raw experience or automatically think audience participation is embarrassing or hate the idea of a hot androgynous Dane

Also Carding chooses about 5 audience members to take on roles of character... Read more Read less


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