Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

lucid dramatics · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 15, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: drama · shakespeare · Love · mental illness

What I liked

Solid performances by the cast (who also happen to be co-authors of the show). I particularly enjoyed Payden Ackerman’s a cappella solo. :)

I was drawn into the plights of the individual characters and discovered (while writing this review) that I had definite emotions about each of them. The ending felt satisfying.

What I didn't like

I was confused by the recurring, circular “loops” in the dialogue. This was not explained, but after seeing the show, my interpretation is that they were used as a device to portray mental illness. However, the friend who attended the show with me remained confused by it even after the show ended. I do not know if it was the authors’ intent to let the audience come to their own conclusions as to what was going on.

My overall impression

Well performed. What Shakespeare’s characters might be like if the play were written in the 21st Century. Is Hamlet mentally ill? Or is he a manipulative drama queen? Perhaps an emotional vampire? Maybe all three? Only YOU can decide…

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