Waterwell presents a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, set in Iran a century ago and starring Tony nominee Arian Moayed ('Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,' 'The Humans'). More…
Set in Persia on the eve of World War I, this 'Hamlet' weaves passages of Farsi translation into Shakespeare's English. In the play, a traditional way of life is being threatened by an evolving world, the land is being threatened by encroaching foreign interests, and a young man finds himself uprooted and torn between opposing customs, values, and codes. Co-starring three-time Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott as Gertrude.
See it if Well played attempt to bring a multi-culture view of Shakespeare's masterwork. Farsi dialogue fluidly interspersed w/vivid music soundscape
Don't see it if Moayed interpret of Hamlet a little too low-keyed to be truly powerful but still interesting Guilarte's Claudius & Naidu's Polonius excel
See it if you want to see a unique take on a classic. The scenes in Farsi are very well executed. Arian makes a great Hamlet!
Don't see it if you don't want to see Hamlet interpreted in a new way.
See it if You want to see a fresh, well acted, very interestingly concepted version of a Shakespeare classic. With a great lead performance.
Don't see it if Shakespeare is not your thing, or if you don't want to see something in a foreign language. About a third of this production is.
See it if You've read and seen Hamlet. This is a bilingual and reimagined performance. Several strong actors. Terrific live music.
Don't see it if You've never seen Hamlet. You just won't get it.
See it if You want to see a fresh take on Hamlet. Setting is an Arab country w/Farsi sprinkled throughout. Great, thoughtful context for a classic.
Don't see it if You aren't open to new interpretations of classics. There is so much here to think about!
See it if You love new and inventive ways to rediscover Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You believe that rearranging the original text (moving the placement of "to be or not to be...") is blasphemy.
See it if you like Shakespeare and appreciate it put in a different context. The concept really works. Really well acted.
Don't see it if The farsi scenes are not overused but are better suited to a prior knowledge of the story. A synopsis prior helps. Small but intimate set.
See it if You enjoy Shakespeares plays and like intimate staging with great performances. Sherie Rene Scott is excellent as Gertrude!
Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Shakespeare. There are several scenes in Farsi but they all make sense, I was never confused as to what was happening.
See it if you would like an interesting take on Hamlet, speak Farsi, or want to connect emotionally with the characters.
Don't see it if You don't know the plot. Several crucial scenes are in Farsi - of course no problem if you speak the language.
See it if You want to be right on top of the action in a sensitive, human, deeply absorbing performance of Hamlet. Moyaed's Hamlet is bright & tender.
Don't see it if You get grumpy if some stuff is moved around, or one of the big soliloquies is cut, or some really juicy verse isn't delivered in English.