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message 1: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary For Seattle area members: The following is a review of Hamlet, which just opened at The Odd Duck Studio, a production of Eclectic Theater Company. Sounds like an interesting approach.

"It's fitting that a production of Hamlet on Capitol Hill would feature the title character as an emo hipster. With his hair styled asymmetrically and a gold stud in his ear, Rik Deskin plays the part with a snarky tone that captures the essence of the character: a reluctant protagonist who's kind of smart-ass. Yet director Cara Anderson-Ahrens aims to focus less on Hamlet's personal torment and more on the government corruption that drives him. This interpretation relies heavily on the portrayal of Claudius, the newly crowned king of Denmark, whose ambition for tyrannical rule must be made clear; in the role, Dennis Kleinsmith makes an excellent villain. For all the play's parallels with modern politics, though, the production never commits to a particular time or place. The costumes are vague and the set is minimal; left with this ambiguity, Denmark might have been code for the Congo in the 1950's, Iran in the 1970's, or any number of other countries. The only prop of geographical significance is a canvas bag suggesting that Laertes (played with virility by Justin Tracy) is part of the U.S. military, setting up the unlikely possibility that Hamlet is on American soil. While a more definitive approach might have been less chronologically confusing, this production is nonetheless a fascinating new way to look at the classic. BRENT ARONOWITZ 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2. Ends Feb. 2."

message 2: by Jenna (new)

Jenna | 40 comments It sounds like an interesting production--but I'm not going to be in Seattle in any time to see it; I saw the Hamlet at the Stratford Festival in Canada earlier this year, set in fin-de-siecle Denmark, which was well-done.

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