Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Hamlet in Bed

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting

About the show

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (15)


Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting

Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging, Insipid, Original

See it if you're a Hamlet fan and want to see a more modern take. Two actors; male outshone the woman. If LONG monologues and shouting are your thing.

Don't see it if the smell of those herbal cigarette things bothers you (it's intense). if you don't want experimental theater. not a must-see at all.

Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested either in the feisty and focussed actress Annette O'Toole or in the Hamlet closet scene as the story's springboard

Don't see it if You expect the actor-author to newly illuminate anything particularly inspiring about Hamlet, character or play.

During previews
Indulgent, Slow, Unengaging, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Michael Laurence.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Michael Laurence.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You love the actors.

Don't see it if You like watching engaging theater.

September 17th, 2015
"In its anatomizing of the psychodynamics of the rehearsal room, the play bears a resemblance to David Ives’s 'Venus in Fur.' It’s not, unfortunately, quite as entertaining. It is, however, suspenseful enough to sustain our interest...Both actors give strong performances."
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September 17th, 2015
"Laurence gets a startling amount of mileage out of this soapy premise thanks to the show's off-kilter style, Lisa Peterson's modulated direction, transformative lighting and, indispensably, the electrifying Annette O’Toole. Though the play is ostensibly Michael's story, 'Hamlet in Bed' emerges a...
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September 17th, 2015
"'Hamlet in Bed' is clever and creepy and Laurence makes a charismatic nutjob. (O’Toole is also strong as the could-be mother.) The portions of narration written in verse are surprisingly solid...But the fascination of the cross-references pretty quickly pales, perhaps especially in Lisa Peterson...
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September 17th, 2015
"Despite its provocative if not exactly credible premise, the play doesn't succeed in making its disparate themes coalesce. Its strangeness is only emphasized by the varying theatrical styles employed...Laurence delivers a performance intense enough...But it's O'Toole, still sizzlingly sexy at 62...
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