Fuzzy hamlet
New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Hamlet (What Dreams May Come)

From 3 critic and 15 member reviews
Members say: 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. 

1h 30m | Already closed | The Secret Theatre (Queens)

Classical NYC

"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." Full Review

A Work Unfinishing

"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." Full Review

Queens Chronicle

"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." Full Review

Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Entertaining, 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.

Creative, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Strong acting

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 .

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Good acting

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

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

Also I do want to give props to RIPT for trying something new, and conceptu... Read more Read less


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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting

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...

Also It is so refreshing to see a Shakespeare play that really lives and th... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Must see, Moving, Great staging

See it if ...you enjoy vibrant, intense and emotionally stirring theater with terrific individual and ensemble performing

Don't see it if ... you need Rosenkrantz and Guidenstern ... a play isn't complete without elaborate sets etc. ...Shakespeare?boring

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Entertaining

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You love Shakespeare or you don’t like Shakespeare and are prepared to have your mind changed. Unlike any Shakespeare I’ve seen before.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist and don’t like it when people do their own take on it. I can’t imagine there are too many people like this...

Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You want to see a fresh and valid prod. of Hamlet- at 90 min, it hits everything that needs to happen and still clips. Innovative staging.

Don't see it if You are looking for a full, uncut, traditionally staged production. This has 4 actors masterfully switching on stage between characters.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like surprising stagings of Shakespeare, and also like to understand what the actors are actually saying.

Don't see it if You need ruffs and tights

Also This is a fast, clean, smart production of Hamlet. The script is pared... Read more Read less

Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if you are looking for an innovative, relationship-centric, fast-paced interpretation that stays faithful to the language.

Don't see it if you think the uncut version of Hamlet is too short and has too few characters.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy intelligent deconstructions on the Bard's best tale, good performances, and stream-lined Shakespeare

Don't see it if You can't do without Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or if you've never seen or read Hamlet before

Also An excellent and stream-lined four person, 90-minute take on family, r... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You'll enjoy a new examination of a classic work.

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with Hamlet and following Shakespearian speech the changing characters could be confusing.

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