Theater Reconstruction Ensemble presents a meta-theatrical meditation on the Bard’s most famous work. More…
Four actors are tasked with staging—you guessed it—'Hamlet.' But can they shed new light on the most well-known story in the English language? Are they prepared to take on such a monumental challenge? As they confront their own artistic and academic anxieties, their conversation transforms into a sort of séance, giving way to an unexpected conjuring of the ghosts of Hamlet past. As each actor transforms into the stock characters of Shakespeare's classic—a ghost, a scholar, a king, and a grave-digging clown—they fall deeper down the rabbit hole of theatrical history. Shakespeare's words swirl around them, but are never quite within their grasp.
See it if Want to see an attempt at experimental theater using the Bard greatest tragedy that gets lost in its experiment.
Don't see it if You know nothing about Hamlet. You will be very frustrated
See it if You enjoy experimental theatre with a late-night, cult comedy vibe.
Don't see it if You need to know what's happening (even though the actors are fully committed to their circumstances)
See it if You, too, are a young creative theater artist, and are interested in what another's exercises might look like if brought to an audience.
Don't see it if You are not interested in the experimental, you want a play.
See it if You appreciate a subtle essay on the absurdities of theater itself, and enjoy watching wildly talented actors having fun
Don't see it if You are stuck-up about the Shoulds and Shouldn'ts of Shakespeare, or if you don't like to think about things by yourself
See it if you're interested in theater + keeping NYC arty + willing to open your mind. TRE is great indie company exploring classics in a new light.
Don't see it if you expect to be spoon-fed a story or plot, and if you don't want to think or engage with ideas of theater and art.