A.N.O.N. Productions revives its gender-bending take on Shakespeare's tragedy, set in the near future. More…
Is equality a state of mind or state of affairs? Can gender ever be freed from the masculine/feminine paradigm? The patriarchal state may seem a thing of the past, but what if the struggle for power and survival make it our future? Here Hamlet is a woman raised to be a man and ruthless leader, while Ophelia is a man, bullied for being too gentle. All sexes being equal, who has the power? Inspired by the He For She campaign, which acknowledges the need for men in the women’s movement, this production asks: In a militarized surveillance state, can a woman be in charge?
“This Hamlet cuts through gender, and even, to a degree, sexual orientation. What we have is an everyman Hamlet who is all of us, and, as in Emma Watson's words at her UN He For She speech, calls for all of us to be both sensitive, and strong. Griffin has directed a remarkable, and deeply moving production. If this is the kind of art that develops in response to the current state of America, maybe there will be something good that comes out of it after all.” Full Review
See it if You'd like an interesting fresh take on Hamlet, genders switched. Uneven cast and direction, but Griffin is quite compelling.
Don't see it if You like your Hamlet straight, not reimagined.
See it if You want to see a "Hamlet" that will actually make you think and feel. Griffin and Clardy as Hamlet and Ophelia are the best I've seen.
Don't see it if You don't want a heavy night at the theater.
See it if You want a deeply moving night at the theater. This is a brilliant interpretation of "Hamlet" that is incredibly resonant to our world today
Don't see it if You don't want to think too hard.
See it if You bemoan the lack of comedy or relevance in most Shakespeare productions, and you want to see the best "To be or not to be" ever
Don't see it if You can't stand Shakespeare, or don't want to think.
See it if You want to see a production of Shakespeare that feels vital, immediate and personal. The perfect thing to see after last weeks election...
Don't see it if You want a light evening out
See it if You're usually bored by Shakespeare. There's nothing dull or confusing about this production. This one will finally make "Hamlet" make sense
Don't see it if You want a light evening.
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