Two Man Hamlet | Public House Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Two Man Hamlet Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 24 2013

Most theatergoers wouldn't call the Bard "easily digestible," but this 60 minute two-man adaptation of Hamlet is just that, mixing original text and improvisation with comical and thoughtful results. To riff off the cuff in the midst of Shakespeare's text is an undertaking in itself, but Bryan Duff and Mitch Salm have expert knowledge of their source material and incredible physical timing. Each plays multiple roles, which could lead to confusion, but they distinguish characters well with gestures, props, or accents. Favorite bits: Salm's blockheaded Claudius trying to make a donkey talk, Duff's Horatio as a Southerner with no filter, and the ghost of Hamlet's father as a plastic bag on a stick.—Marissa Oberlander

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