Bat-Hamlet | Cornservatory | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Bat-Hamlet Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through July 19 2014

Corn Productions' remount of Jordan Pulliam's parody is an absurd (in a good way) amalgamation of Batman and Shakespeare's Hamlet. Matthew Lunt mixes somber and spacey as Hamlet, adopting a superhero alter ego (complete with a sidekick, Songbird Boy) on his quest to avenge King Police Commissioner Godrick's murder. As his target, the new King Jester, Lucas Thatcher recalls but reinvigorates Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight, teetering between playful delusions and sociopathic insanity (as Shakespeare says, "Madness in great ones must not unwatched go"). On the whole, though, the show favors camp and physical comedy over the Bard and Christian Bale-style brooding. The fight scenes, straight out of a comic book, are well executed, but some trimming would improve the show's pacing. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15

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