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)
"Theater Reconstruction Ensemble tackles the essence of 'Hamlet' in a way that is high concept, high context, and thoroughly delightful...A production that would be most appreciated by seasoned Shakespearean connoisseurs because of its deep-cut references. Audience members who might not remember every detail of 'Hamlet' could feel left out...It is still an exhilarating and truly original take on a classic; its team of masterful actors and designers also impress with their craft."
“Clever ruses and amusing cover-ups that take on an almost slapstick quality…It’s a peek inside the machinery that makes plays ‘happen’...The cast are a fun, competent group who deftly pull off this mind twist. But it’s inside baseball: a sly, heady production probably best suited for those ‘in-the-know’ (actors and crew types), who will get more of the jokes and may or may not enjoy seeing their daily anxieties played out on stage.”
"They look like they’re having a great time going from reluctant performers to confident players. They do a fine job with the material, which has a tendency to be a bit uneven, bordering on slow. Some of the technical aspects shine here...Though 'How to Hamlet' is playing on well-tread territory, it manages to be truly unique."
“The performers sometimes employ language from ‘Hamlet’ and sometimes paraphrase or summarize it (many times to hilarious effect)...‘How to Hamlet is a clever exploration of the theatrical tradition accomplished through some really entertaining verbal and physical comedy…All of the cast members shine as both the convincingly down-to-earth performers and the more exaggerated Shakespearean characters.”
"Intriguing and well-staged, though it could probably do with a thorough workshop and 20 more minutes of content...The cast of four is undoubtedly talented, and they deliver the Shakespearean speeches with intensity and command of the language...While it might be a bit difficult to follow where they are in the story of 'Hamlet,' there are some really lovely moments...While the concept of the play is very intriguing, the delivery of the concept is muddled."