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click to enlarge Ian Michael Minh (Horatio) and Samual Cheeseman (Hamlet)

Ian Michael Minh (Horatio) and Samual Cheeseman (Hamlet)

Zack Whittington

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 27 2017
Given the structural, linguistic, and psychological complexity of Shakespeare’s plays, it’s curious so many companies stage them each summer in neighborhood parks, where myriad distractions and unamplified performers easily render the proceedings opaque. Midsommer Flight director Beth Wolf’s sledgehammer approach to staging this particularly intricate play outdoors is, in a sense, apt, with front-and-center actors throwing everything into high relief, often declaiming their lines as though their only motivation is to be heard. It makes for an admirably clear production (aided by cutting the play to 100 minutes) that tends to exhibit only two energies: antic and fraught. In the end, the show has little to say beyond “This is most of what happens in Hamlet.” But it’s still a heck of a good story. —Justin Hayford



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