Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents a twisty and darkly comic story about mothers and sons: a neurotic actor tracks down a woman who may be his real mother. More…
Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things - finding his real mother, and playing the famous Gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly. Gripped by the notion that she might be his actual birth-mother, he first stalks her from a distance, then lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of the queen, his mother. 'Hamlet in Bed' is a darkly comic and poignant story about mothers and sons, about what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago and now, and about families - the ones we’re born into, and the ones we find along the way.
See it if you are fascinated by actors. This psychological drama about Hamlet and Gertrude is ambitious, but doesn't fully deliver.
Don't see it if you get restless. I found myself nodding off.
See it if you want to see a modern take on Hamlet that illuminates the text. Two-hander with great leads. A vision of a fictional disreputable NYC.
Don't see it if you can't go along with a lot of self-indulgence from the actor-playwright. I found it amusing. Others might find it pretentious.