Hamlet

Where: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego

Cost: $29 - $92

Age limit: Not available

Ongoing: until Friday, September 22, 2017

Grantham Coleman's Hamlet may be unique. The madness is more physical than mental. The more Hamlet becomes agitated, the faster he moves. We don't see many of his "aha!" moments spring from within, but overall it's a consistent performance that works on its own  terms. To a person, the Barry Edelstein-directed cast articulates well, and the story is always clear. Many actors, however, rely on hard vocal attacks. Every line's a headline, with little modulation or nuance. Those who do the latter, Patrick Kerr's Polonius for one, stand out. Other choices attract attention but shouldn't: an 11-foot, golden suit of armor practically shouts "I'm the symbol"; sophomoric insertions -- quoting Henry V, a non sequitur complaint about classic plays in modern dress, and especially Hamlet singing "Rule Brittainia" -- detract from an otherwise competent production of Shakespeare's seemingly infinite tragedy. Worth a try.


Recurring dates & times

  • Sunday 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 p.m.
  • Thursday 8 p.m.
  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.

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