Hamlet | Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hamlet The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 14 2015

Does Hamlet lend itself to the year 1968, as Transcendent Ensemble Theatre envisions? This production has plenty of graffitied 60s slogans to honor the era’s unrest and assassination, but attempts at really connecting the text to that time end up muddied and distracting (think Laertes as a Black Panther, Nixon references in the play within a play, etc etc). And then there's our leads’ seeming inability to hesitate and actually react to what’s happening onstage. Both seem intent on avoiding that useful theatrical device the pause—Joshua Butler’s Hamlet cowers from its use, and Lindsay Bartlette Allen’s Ophelia marches over any that threaten to stop her tiresome whispering and screaming. On the other hand, many of the secondary players do a fine job—notably Laertes (LaKecia Harris) and especially Polonius, played by Joe Felicianos, whose tongue o’er Shakespearean language delightfully trips. —Chloe Riley

Price: $20


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