Going Hamlet

Shakespeare by the Sea’s Hamlet stands out against a lifetime of Hamlets.

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy is beautifully staged.
Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy is beautifully staged.

Hamlet. You've seen it before, and you'll see it again. Why? Because each production mines something different from Shakespeare's timeless tragedy. In the terrific SBTS version, Rhys Bevan-John is part sullen, sarcastic youth and part self-doubting man. He brings a wonderful intensity to the character and delivers the many so-familiar lines with unique twists that had me pondering on and reconsidering their meaning. The doddering Polonius, as rendered by Marty Burt, is a much more likeable and relatable character than I've seen before and Ian Deakin's Claudius is more a horribly flawed human than over-the-top monster. Emma Laishram is a spunky Ophelia and Kimberley Cody as Gertrude perfectly captures a woman's struggle to be true to child, husband and self. This production is beautifully staged in the Cambridge Battery, and has earned a memorable place in a lifetime of Hamlets.

To Aug 31, Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, $20 or pwyc

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