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This interactive 130-minute staging of the Danish downer by Stranded Lot, a very new troupe, features a ton of unfocused energy and inarticulate emoting. There's no fixed seating, and the peripatetic audience circulates around the sanctuary to follow the company's deconstructed version. Nine actors throw themselves into the work, employing masks, TV monitors, ladders, assorted planks, and some dauntingly athletic moves. No question, codirector Chris LaBove's tightly wound Hamlet impresses in his dogged pursuit of truth. If energy were all, this Hamlet would be drowning in eloquence. But two-thirds of the poetry and three-quarters of the humor are lost. If you don't know the play's text and plot intimately, God help you with this highly fragmented rendition. Through 5/6: Wed 8 PM, Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 5 PM, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, sanctuary, 925 W. Diversey, 312-498-0118, $10-$15.


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