Cal Shakes ends season with a moody Hamlet

Sep 23

Cal Shakes ends season with a moody <i>Hamlet</i>

On exactly the kind of temperate night for which they invented outdoor theater, California Shakespeare Theater opened the final show of the summer season. Hamlet, directed by Liesl Tommy (best known for her direction of Ruined at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in spring of last year) clocks in at about 3 hours and 10 minutes, and there are some glorious things in it. But on the whole, this Hamlet left me curiously unmoved.

But first here's what's good. Leroy McClain as Hamlet delivers a fascinating performance, pouring his heart and mind into the torrent of words that continuously pours out of the moody Dane's mouth. You don't have much of a Hamlet if you're not riveted by the title character, and McClain certainly puts on a good show.

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`Hamlet’ (Facebook News Feed edition)

Oct 15

A friend sent this to me today. It originally appeared on McSweeney’s a few months ago, and if you know Facebook, you know how brilliant it is (bravo, Sarah Schmelling!): Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition) BY SARAH SCHMELLING Horatio thinks he saw a ghost. Hamlet thinks it’s annoying when your uncle marries your mother right after your dad dies. The king...

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