Oscar Isaac ('Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis') returns to The Public for this intimate new production of Shakespeare’s eternal drama. More…
Hamlet is caught between thought and action, anger and anguish as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by his murdered father. As the dead King calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor’s wrong or taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold ('Fun Home,' 'Othello') directs theater’s most famous tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption—of the state and of the soul.
See it if you can put up w/Gold's intrusive choices to see Isaac's intelligent, funny, comprehensible, well-spoken H. 4 hrs zoom by. Intimate setting.
Don't see it if meaningless, distracting flourishes annoy you. For every good Gold choice, 2 bad ones. Messiest stage ever. Double casting can confuse.
See it if Acting consistently rises about the high concept hijinks of Gold's direction Issac's Hamlet veers from glib hipster to grieving avenger
Don't see it if Nothing really gels in Gold's deconstructed version hence nothing really moves one emotionally It's a series of intriguing set pieces
See it if Gold's stripped down & often very funny production humanizes characters as does Oscar's powerful performance of Hamlet as Everyman
Don't see it if Gold's naturalistic shtick drains this great tragedy of grandeur and pathos; key Claudius & Gertrude performances are meh
See it if Oscar Isaac and Peter Friedman are the reasons this play is as good as it is.
Don't see it if you thought knowing this play would prevent confusion; costumes and set are uninteresting; direction is uninspired, strange and shotty.
See it if You like to see Shakespeare in a non-classical production. Oacar Isaac and Keegan-Michael Key add a new perspective to Hamlet.
Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare exactly as written, stage notes included.
See it if you like Sam Gold's minimalist direction and quirky choices to a classic. Oscar Isaac's performance is not overrated—he was exceptional.
Don't see it if you find Shakespeare plays boring, dislike director making bold and modern choices, or if 4 hours is too long for you to endure.
See it if You want to see just how wrong a director's choices can go. 9 mostly good committed actors without cohesion or soul.
Don't see it if you dont want to watch Hamlet in his underwear. The words are there but the heart and meaning arent. Uneven tone, Key as comic relief.
See it if You want a whole new take on Hamlet by an astounding, masterful cast. Oscar!!!! Wow!!!!
Don't see it if See it. It's only around a few more days...
See it if You are interested in a unique staging of Hamlet by Sam Gold. The wonderful cast,performing in a semi-circle,are always in close contact.
Don't see it if You can't tolerate a play of 4 hours duration,including 2 ten minute intermissions. It is worth the trip to see Oscar Isaac and the cast.
See it if San Gold goes Ivo van Hove in terrific production in intimate Public Theater space with great cast and outstanding Oscar Isaac,Key & Rankin
Don't see it if You need standard full theatrical production with no modern flourishes or music or modern dress; This one really works even with length
See it if Inventive and impressive, crackerjack cast start with a "lets put on a play" attitude and unleashes a touching funny and powerful production
Don't see it if with all the role switching its not the ideal first HAMLET to experience; removal of typical 3 hour time limit makes for a lengthy outing
See it if you love the play Hamlet and want to see it done beautifully with great actors. This was truly masterful.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or very long plays
See it if you like your Bard bare and modern or you want two see a great set of actors playing to their strengths in a classic work.
Don't see it if you want a splashy production or don't know anything about the play. It is not for beginners.
See it if You would like to see an amazing actor playing Hamlet, with two other great actors in an unusual and funny production.
Don't see it if You don't want to see an excellent creative Hamlet.
See it if You want a Hamlet you can follow, relate to, empathize with. Not done in tights, at times not even done in pants! Well acted.
Don't see it if You like your Hamlets traditional, in doublets with flowery orations, scenery, big casts and lots of English accents.
See it if for Oscar Isaac alone, this production is worth it. He amazes. Some of the staging is inventive; it's minimalist and intimate.
Don't see it if the show is quirky in ways that are forced and unhelpful. The emphasis on humor is overdone: it isn't a comedy. Ophelia is very weak.
See it if you'd like a fresh, intense and intimate staging of one of the greatest English plays.
Don't see it if you think the Fortinbras scenes are the key to the play.
See it if you want to see Sam Gold's interpretation of Shakespeare. Anti-tragic, anti-poetic except in moments when Isaac connects with the character
Don't see it if you love Hamlet the play or the troubled interesting character. Energy replaces tension, "laughs" fill the holes where drama should carry
See it if you love Shakespeare and/or Oscar Isaac. There was a lot of talent onstage.
Don't see it if you are tired of re-adapted Shakespeare where you better know EVERYTHING about a play going in so that the double casting doesn't bother.
See it if you enjoy the 'Sam Gold' treatment to classic revivals, especially this adventurous take on Shakespeare's most famous work led by Issac.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy Sam Gold's work, or need more grandeur in your epic classics.
See it if you want to see an inventive and solid presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Don't see it if you don't like modern takes on classics.