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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 13 2014
Price: $27, $22 for seniors, $15 for students
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Director Lavina Jadhwani moves Shakespeare's tragedy to 1920s Chicago, a change that allows the men to dress and act like gangsters (Jack Hickey's King Claudius swaggers like a goodfella) without harming the drama a bit. It helps that her cast are adept at delivering their "lines trippingly on the tongue," as Hamlet would have it, bringing out Shakespeare's poetry without indulging in either hammy overacting or annoying fake naturalism. All of the leads are solid: Michael McKeogh makes a fine Hamlet, by turns manic and depressed, overly intellectual and hysterical. And Sara Pavlak is astonishing when she finds the crazy in Ophelia. But the real scene stealer is Michael Pogue's stalwart Horatio; he brings true nobility to a character who watches helplessly while murder and madness unfold around him. —Jack Helbig

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