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Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

About the show

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) presents a new staging of these two early works from Tom Stoppard. More…

From the show:

Three schoolboys who speak only Dogg confuse a lorry driver who speaks only English. The play’s goofy linguistic mismatches tumble into a performance of the 15-minute Hamlet. In Cahoot's "Macbeth," a hidden living-room production of the play, interrupted by a wise-cracking Inspector, parallels Macbeth's usurpation of the Scottish throne with Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia. By play’s end, Shakespeare explodes into Dogg.


Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting
83
Avg Score

76
Funny, Masterful, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if If you stoppard at his zanniest. Funny with s twist to Shakespeare's vernacular. First short is a hoot, 2end ,not as.

Don't see it if Your a Shakespeare purist or if you do not like zany or absurdist theater.

90
Linguistic, Intelligent, Funny (and deceptively serious), Clever, Entertaining

See it if u want to see early Stoppard at his zaniest & typically subversive best in an expertly directed & well-performed pair of rebellious farces.

Don't see it if you aren't at least moderately familiar with Hamlet & Macbeth; you aren't willing to put in a little effort to follow a new language (Dogg).

Also Playing in rep with Havel: The Passion of Thought by (fellow Czech) Vá... Read more Read less

90
Brilliantly played & staged, Irreverent, Humane, Smart, Delightful

See it if you like Stoppard or Shakespeare or bending the classics to new ends or the idea of striking a blow for human freedom.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to pay full attention: A few different realms clash, meld & morph & the rules change & you must be there to catch it all

Also “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” is the 1st Broadway show I saw a... Read more Read less

80
Meta, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if A Bard-themed duo from Sir Tom. A play of wordplay where the language is "Dogg," and theatrical assembly is a crime against the state.

Don't see it if Originally written for pay-what-you-will crowd, playwright's keen wit still peeps thru.Wall motif.Cuttings from "Hamlet/MacBeth" are morsels

Also "Don't take standing room in your sitting room lying down/Gangrenous a... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Absurdist Shakespeare by Stoppard influenced by repressive governments and language as communication; terrific acting and direction.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the Theater of the Absurd, Shakespeare, Stoppard and/or history. See it if you want to learn Dogg.

91
Great staging, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Dogg's Hamlet delightful, uniformly excellent cast plus Stoppard. The 2nd Act not quite so much fun, but the detective is deadpan perfect.

Don't see it if You dont like Stoppard. You dont like having to interpret a "foreign" language. You dont like your Shakespeare with a twist.

Also It was amazing, I felt I knew the players. They felt like "old friends... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the absurdity of Tom Stoppard. These two plays require attention and focus but the rewards are plentiful.

Don't see it if You don’t like one act plays or being challenged. You prefer straightforward adaptations of Shakespeare.

85
Terrific fight choreography, High energy, Inventive, Must see, Great acting

See it if You’re a serious theatergoer. This Stoppard duo is rarely performed and is worth your time.

Don't see it if You’re not in the mood to think about what you’re seeing and interpret it.

Also Be sure to read the director’s note in the program beforehand for cruc... Read more Read less

90
Refreshing, Intelligent, Profound, Masterful, Great acting

See it if Super clever and entertaining, polished and astonishingly good acting, thoughtful​ and provocative plot. Just super!

Don't see it if Doubles​ with another play-- complex --you can't sleep through this-- provocative and entertaining, funny and powerful. Just so good.

84
Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Dizzying, Clever

See it if You love Stoppard and his amazing wordplay. Or if you are interested in suppression of free speech, as we should all be. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows that are rather absurdist, sometimes unclear, sometimes slow. But it is worth the effort it requires, in my opinion.

92
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Stoppard. You like wordplay. You like Shakespeare revisited.

Don't see it if You are easily confused or can’t pay attention to difficult word games. You want something straightforward and easy to follow.

Also Sheer brilliance - the writing (of course) and acting and staging. Ver... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a very intelligent and clever show.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward plot line.

Also this show is not for everyone but I found myself delighted. the first ... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy Stoppard both when he is being silly (first act) and when he is making more serious political points (second act).

Don't see it if you would be annoyed by hearing actors speak a nonsense language, or you don’t have at least some familiarity with Hamlet and Macbeth.

90
Delicious, witty, subtly serious stoppard for theater lovers, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Funny

See it if if you love language, Shakespeare and Stoppard

Don't see it if you know nothing of Hamlet and Macbeth. The plays rely on minimal literacy with the two plays.

74
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy plays about language used for subverting political repression.

Don't see it if the combo of absurdity (DH) & mostly realistic action (CM) might seem labored & tenuous (I believe an argument can be made.)

Also The connection between the two plays, other than Shakespeare (and Beck... Read more Read less

80
Ingenious shakespeare, esp. dogg, Great staging, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Stoppard, or you like your Shakespeare served in an enigma.

Don't see it if you're expecting a literal version of either play.

82
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy Stoppard; intelligent Theater

Don't see it if You were looking for a show with big production values. This is a wonderful intimate production.

76
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Weird, Dizzying, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of how Tom Stoppard plays with language in the most delicious and thought-provoking ways, or slab, plank, cube

Don't see it if You don't like unconventional theater or nontraditional narratives or Shakespeare, or almost Leamington Spa

69
Slow, Cliched, Clever

See it if you're a Stoppard completist (and Dogg's Hamlet is genuinely quite good). You don't mind some uneven acting.

Don't see it if Dogg's Hamlet is well worth the (discounted) price. Reading the play prior to the show will help a lot (the original script provides

Also translation from Dogg to proper English; one can enjoy the play withou... Read more Read less

95
Revel in the skill of this youthful & talented ensemble ..

See it if you want to not miss Potomac Theatre Company's annual & indispensable stint in NYC. Stoppard's one-acts are an enervating delight here ...

Don't see it if amidst all the pleasure you don't want to think a bit ... or if Tom Stoppard has consistently proven to be an adversary to you.

Also … and sit as close as you can in order to fully immerse yourself in th... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you are familiar with Tom Stoppard's work and the political climate today and when it was written. Its fun and weird, but never boring.

Don't see it if If you don't like comedy and clever use of words and sounds. Mini versions of Macbeth and Hamlet with a twist.

81
Clever, Masterful, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see two Stoppard classics performed by solid casts with stellar directing.

Don't see it if you don't read up on the history of the plays.

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Confusing, Clever

See it if you don’t need to “get everything” to be entertained by interesting , well delivered dialog and acting.

Don't see it if you don’t know the Dogg language and need this skill to enjoy a clever play.

During previews
75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Clever, Strong lead actors

See it if you like intellectual challenges. Physicist-friend & I struggled. We also laughed...and loved the Shksp. Pits authoritarians vs. resisters.

Don't see it if you want clarity. Even after reading some explanations on-line, I don't fully understand. But there are delights. Well-staged and well-acted

During previews
71
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Clever

See it if you like a very non traditional play. The Macbeth play follows the Hamlet. I was very confused by the Hamlet play.You need to see the 2nd.

Don't see it if you like a traditionally told play. Don't expect to see Shakepeare's plays. They are used for a political purpose.

Also I highly recommend you do a little research on these two plays before ... Read more Read less


July 17th, 2019
★★★★ "PTP/NYC's 13th New York season comprises a pair of productions that reflect the company's commitment to major international playwrights..."
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July 18th, 2019
"Stoppard's word fun with Shakespeare and subversion in 'DOGG'S HAMLET, CAHOOT'S MACBETH' at Potomac Theater Project"
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July 20th, 2019
"Two 40-year-old playlets are linked by an overlapping character and a made-up lingo."
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July 20th, 2019
"…this exuberant revival of Stoppard’s 1979 two one-act plays cheekily satirize the theater and political oppression. He ingeniously appropriates Shakespeare for his own ingenious purposes. The magnetic ensemble all achieve zesty characterizations in their various roles."
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