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Hamlet (Waterwell)

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

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.



May 22nd, 2017
"The Waterwell 'Hamlet' may be indifferently acted, for the most part, but it’s conceptually bracing, as befits a company devoted to reimagining and recontextualizing classics...The founders are exploring the existential crises that arise when national identity comes under siege, and it’s remarka...
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May 25th, 2017
"The production is physically graceful...The textures throughout are lush...The performances are mostly strong. But Hamlet is the drama’s prime mover, and Moayed’s elegant diffidence alters the play’s gravity...Moayed’s Dane blossoms as he plots; this Hamlet dances and shrugs and laughs his way t...
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May 22nd, 2017
"As a new look at one of the greatest plays ever written, Ridgely's production is worth seeing. However, despite many intriguing moments and ideas, it never shakes the feeling of being incomplete...Ridgely and the company use the dual dialects to sub in for characterization, almost as though they...
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May 30th, 2017
“Dazzling…It’s a perfect marriage of two radically different cultures and socio-political contexts. The intermittent use of Farsi and English never feels abrupt, but rather enhances the dramatic tension…I believe that even 'Hamlet' virgins would be able to follow the plot with ease, for the integ...
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