Roughly Hamlet

solo performance · shake the fear productions · Ages 7+ · family friendly · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MARCUS J FREED

June 09, 2017 certified reviewer

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Lovely work. Roughly Hamlet is a bold reimagining of the classic, where all of the action takes place inside one man’s head. The simple and colourful costume design is reminiscent of Sir Peter Brook’s famous ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Royal Shakespeare Company (UK) as Micah Watterson deftly switches between the entire cast at Elsinore, from Hamlet to Ghost to Laertes to Gertrude and on. Stephen Weston’s thoughtful direction leads us the question the Hamlet within all of us – how we hold all the different voices of our past & present at once, where we may veer towards the edge, and how we ask the purpose of our being – to be..or not. ‘Roughly Hamlet’ takes you deep into the dream state, and the ‘Shake the Fear’ company name is a great descriptor as they open up Shakespeare to new audiences.

Roughly Hamlet brings new light to an old play – maybe we were wrong about the Prince of Denmark all along. Was this one man in an asylum, imagining it all? Was Hamlet mad from the start? Get thee to a nunnery…

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