Hamlet (What Dreams May Come)
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Hamlet (What Dreams May Come)

Hamlet (What Dreams May Come) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

About the Show

Four performers embody all of the characters in The Secret Theatre and Ript Theater Company's fast-paced, non-stop whirlwind production of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. 

Show-Score Member Reviews (15)

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50 Reviews | 22 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare with a little innovation.

Don't see it if you want a four-hour play filled with all the trappings.

1109 Reviews | 378 Followers
Ambitious, Creative, Strong acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you already know Ham (if not, it's confusing). 4 actors play all roles. Barebones staging (no props, one backdrop). Interesting sound/lights

Don't see it if you are a WS traditionalist. Language is supreme, but deep cuts to 90 mins. Whirling, fast-paced. Before you go, google plot/characters .

134 Reviews | 23 Followers
Ambitious, Intelligent, Good acting, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You know Hamlet well, and are curious for a new take.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with Hamlet.

270 Reviews | 58 Followers

See it if You want to see Hamlet, but don't have the time. This very distilled version hits the high spots but little else.

Don't see it if You are allergic to over the top acting. The director and lead allows Chauncy Thomas to trample over the production.

39 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see how to cast a version of Hamlet with only 4 actors, and if you want to see Polonius as the clown he never is but should be

Don't see it if you want to see a new interpretation of the character of Hamlet Read more

6 Reviews | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy watching Shakespeare plays that are clear, innovative, and intense, and that are (on top of everything else) only 90 min long.

Don't see it if you just REALLY love Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or Fortinbras, or any of the side plots really... Read more

9 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if You enjoy fast paced, text oriented Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare's language

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you love Shakespeare, and love watching people who can explore it masterfully. And to watch actors brilliantly play multiple roles!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy small casts, low budget, simple, pared down Shakespeare. It was about the text, the story, and the lives of these people.

Critic Reviews (3)

A Work Unfinishing
September 17th, 2018

"Unfortunately with this economic cutting, some important facets of the story do get lost, most especially (regrettably) Hamlet himself as an active player in the drama...The work otherwise is very very strong. The staging of the show is economic and clear, with smooth transitions for the performers to shift roles...The four actors bring an earnest and unadorned vulnerability to their roles that dispels ceremony and dives for the meat of the matter."
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Queens Chronicle
September 19th, 2018

"It makes for a thrilling opening and the production takes the audience from one key plot development to another in rapid succession...It is a most interesting ensemble...all selected without regard to the constraints of traditional casting...On a few occasions, the sudden transition from one character to another comes off as unintentionally comical. But the goal of streamlining this most complex play is admirable and, for the most part, successfully fulfilled."
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Classical NYC
September 17th, 2018

"Not the first actor-director to trod the boards as the Melancholy Dane, but he is one of the successful ones...It's worth appreciating how Winkelstein cut the script to make a 90-minute 'Hamlet' not just one long soliloquy interrupted by short scenes, but a true sense of ensemble...In our current NY theatrical landscape, where 'clever' Shakespeare is sometimes held more highly than telling the story cleanly and with emotion, it's refreshing to see a company that manages to do both."
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