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.
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
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.
See it if Dogg is a language Stoppard invented. Funny how it's used and how the actors stage dialogue. Takes some getting used to.
Don't see it if Then some traditional Hamlet is acted --mainly using the iconic lines. Christo Grabowski is excellent and should play a genuine Hamlet soon
Also The Macbeth is more political but it's very funny, too.
See it if you’ve read up on these plays & want to see them brought to life w/ a mix of fresh & seasoned cast/crew. Playwrighting fused w/ cryptography
Don't see it if you don’t have the energy for Stoppard addressing the proletariat with patrician mind games. Don’t go into this one blind.
See it if you're into Stoppard's smart,funny,wordy & intellectual obsession with language, politics & Shakespeare, performed by a young & eager cast.
Don't see it if you want a light evening of theater. This superb set of 2 interwoven one-acts requires constant attention & familiarity with Hamlet/Macbeth.
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