The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit presents a streamlined version of the Bard's famous tragedy starring Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji. More…
Iwuji ('Henry VI Trilogy,' 'King Lear' at The Public) plays the anguished Prince of Denmark who is confronted at every turn with a poisonous power structure that's robbed him of his father, and forever darkened his understanding of the world. Patricia McGregor ('Hurt Village,' 'Ugly Lies the Bone') directs this bold take on Shakespeare's immortal tale about family, deceit, and the explosive consequences of unchecked corruption. The production tours to local community centers, prisons, and homeless shelters before ending its run at the Public.
See it if you know Hamlet and are open to a new take. The emotional core is powerful, but much material is cut. Iwuji (RSC trained) is great. Intense.
Don't see it if you hate WS abridgement, but I love the Mobile Unit productions. Not all the actors shone, but Iwuji did. The time flew by; no boredom.
See it if you want to see some really exciting performances, particularly by Kristolyn Lloyd and Christian DeMarais.
Don't see it if you struggle with Shakespeare when the production doesn't make it a point to help you with the language.
See it if You do not mind an abridged version of a classic Shakespeare play performed by actors in modern dress. Many familiar soliloquies included.
Don't see it if You are a classicist. Hate muti-roles Need elaborate sets Cannot sit for a continuous 1 hour 45 minutes
See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and the always talented Mobile Shakespeare crew. The acting is superb, the story classic. Only downside was the length
Don't see it if You are used to the MSU making Shakespeare manageable. Hamlet is a long play, and it still felt long even performed by the MSU.
See it if You like to see Shakespeare done anew. Chukwudi Iwuji is mesmerizing with so many colors I was constantly surprised. He is 100.
Don't see it if you are too distracted by others in the scene overacting, you dont like your Shakespeare sprinkled with rap, and song.
See it if you want to see how a Classic can be updated and abridged without losing it's relevance or importance.
Don't see it if only if you must experience Shakespeare in it's purest form.
See it if You want a well abridged version of Hamlet with some smart choices and clear connection to today (+ excellent Polonius).
Don't see it if You're annoyed by shouty actors. You dislike theatre in the round staging that isn't always attentive to sight lines.
See it if If you enjoy Hamlet pared down to focus on the main plot, with excellent actors working to enhancing comprehension thru gesture & expression
Don't see it if You only like Shakespeare classically staged, or dislike massive edits and textual changes.
See it if You want to see a great performance of Hamlet w/ a cast that really put their heart into the piece. Great cast, modern take but same verbage
Don't see it if You expect fancy set or costumes, expect the usual pace of Hamlet.
See it if you want an efficient, judiciously edited, and wonderfully acted and staged Hamlet. Marvelously intimate and highly accessible. AND $20.
Don't see it if you've seen too many versions, hate any cuts to the play, or need to see elaborate sets & costumes.
See it if You want to see an energetic Hamlet done in a creative, fast-moving style. Not a lot of nuance here, though.
Don't see it if If you prefer your Danes on the quiet, introspective side and taking a languorous pace. This is rat-tat-tat.
See it if you'd like a highly physical, passionate, intensely well-acted (Iwuji and Lloyd!) and diverse Hamlet that's been edited to its dramatic core
Don't see it if you don't like small theater, think you have to spend a lot to get a lot, or hate the Public (JK, no one hates the Public)
See it if you enjoy an 'energetic' shakespeare performed by a vibrant and talented cast employing clever staging.
Don't see it if you like your shakespeare w/o taking any liberties to the script and staging.
See it if You like Shakespeare and are familiar with Hamlet, as much of the text is cut. You want a modern telling of the show
Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Shakespeare or want the play to stay true to its original form
See it if Want to see a raw modern production of a classic. You relish interacting with the actors and feeling as if you're not just a bystander.
Don't see it if Are a purist. Hate when an actor looks you in the eye. Do not like goosebumps.
See it if You like understated and straightforward interpretations of classic Shakespeare plays with great acting and minimal staging.
Don't see it if You like musicals or comedies and most definitely if you're not a fan of Shakespeare.
See it if You want a muscular, intelligent take on a classic. The Hamlet and Ophelia, in particular, gave us something new to see in this production
Don't see it if A lean cut of Shakespeare offends you. It's tight...If you don't want your classics to speak to current events. This one is quite topical.
See it if You love passionate, fiery acting, shakespeare's relevance to today, engaging captivating intimacy of staging and thought-provoking theater
Don't see it if You don't like powerful theater, or shakespeare, don't like theater in the round, don't want to be moved or provoked to think
See it if Love Shakespeare. The Mobile unit does a fantastic job! The acting was amazing and intimate settings. Must see
Don't see it if Don't like Shakespeare
See it if you wanna see a Hamlet for all, with no artifice or self-consciousness whatsoever
Don't see it if you think Hamlet can only be done on a proscenium stage by older adults
See it if You are interested in Shakespeare, love Hamlet and are open minded and willing to think about new interpretations of the themes.
Don't see it if You can't accept Hamlet infused with modern culture and are not open to any changes in or paring down of the text