Hamlet | Oracle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 11 2011
An enterprising let's-put-on-a-show spirit characterizes this bare-bones staging of Shakespeare's masterpiece in which, as lyricist Howard Dietz once put it, a ghost and a prince meet "and everyone ends in mincemeat." Director Benno Nelson conjures Elsinore with four white screens and a cast of only nine actors, resulting in a great deal of doubling up, reshuffling, and cutting (good-bye, Fortinbras). The minimalism extends to the acting. An admirable effort to speak the speech naturally rather than declaim it pays off in a quietly shattering take on Ophelia's mad scene. Griffin Sharps conveys intelligence and morbid self-consciousness as Hamlet but tends to rattle off his great speeches as if reciting a train schedule. —Zac Thompson



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