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Toledo Rep: I Hate Hamlet

In twenty-five words or less, the play is a comedy. It's a two act story about a successful television actor from Los Angeles who has just had his show canceled and who returns to New York. Our Hero is offered a job playing Hamlet with Shakespeare in the park, a role for which he is ill-suited. His other troubles include an overbearing best friend, a girl friend who refuses to have sex with him and a real dump of an apartment that he rented sight unseen. The topper is that the apartment is haunted - by none other than John Barrymore, who appears in full Elizabethan drag and teaches the unhappy thespian wanna-be to play Hamlet and to get his girlfriend to perform in her primary office.

If you decide to go and see the play, be forewarned. With the exception of Larry Farley, the cast generally doesn't project their voices well enough to be clearly heard in the rear of the theater - and The Toledo Rep is a small theater. Since a lot of the comedy relies on dialog, this could be a real problem if you sit in the back half of the theater. Also, the web site needs work. We bought our tickets from the web site and the interface leaves a lot to be desired.

I rate the play at a 7, on a scale of 1 to 10, but there are a few caveats. The details of my review are here: I Hate Hamlet reviewed by Mad Jack. Read it at your own risk.

created by madjack on Nov 11, 2012 at 12:17:41 pm     Entertainment     Comments: 2

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Thanks - I was wondering if this might be a good one to see.

posted by MaggieThurber on Nov 11, 2012 at 02:00:10 pm     #  

thanks madjeck - very helpful... sounds like it would be helpful for them as well.

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Nov 12, 2012 at 03:45:39 pm     #