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Shakespeare's King Phycus Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wed., June 16, Thu., June 17 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2010

"To be the knot, or not to be the knot. Or not. What was the question?" sighs a confused Hamlet in this hilarious romp through Elizabethan England, complete with blinded kings, star-crossed lovers, and vengeful ghosts. Written by Tom Willmorth and directed by Ira Amyx, Phycus is framed as Shakespeare's first attempt at tragedy, rediscovered. The cast of six plays 31 roles with ease, and Stuart Ritter is a standout as Hamlet, Romeo, and Roman lackey Extranius. Filled with singing, dancing, political humor, and Shakespearean wordplay, the clever pastiche from the Strange Tree Group and the Lord Chamberlain's Men is a crowd pleaser. --Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15-$45


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