Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

lucid dramatics · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer June 04, 2018
I love watching a talented artist with excellent intuition, skills, and dedication to their art. Luckily, you get three of those in one show. From scene to scene, over and over, the audience is gifted beautiful imagery, surprises, and strong performances at every moment. This is a true character study piece about someone who has a very twisted definition of the word love. This contemporary appropriation of classically conflicted characters brings new context when discussing the manipulative nature of humans. Go with a friend or two as this piece will benefit with a post-show discussion. And that’s what good theatre does. ... full review
NIKKI MULLER certified reviewer June 12, 2018
Tremendous acting and an entertaining reflection on a familiar tale. I've never been let down by this group-- last year's Quantum Entanglement was my fav of the Fringe-- so I went into this show knowing essentially nothing of what to expect, and was delighted. Each character felt so real, so complex, so relatable, which really made this investigation of the old story feel very alive and engaging. The show is rife with charm, love and a palpable sense of tension throughout. I absolutely loved Katelyn's Hamlet, so flawed, so manipulative, so emo! And the brother/sister relationship between Laer and Ophelia rang so true. Really all the relationships felt so authentic and complicated. Just watching them interact and fumble through the insane dra... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 15, 2018
I loved this take on three significant characters in our theatrical cannon. They're flawed, they're funny, they're petty, they're brutal, they're heartfelt. Do yourself and favor and see a really unique spin based on the most overdone play of all time.... full review
NICK RHEINWALD-JONES certified reviewer June 15, 2018
tagged as: smart · devastating · real · funny · charismatic
It's Hamlet made more accessible, more fun, more painful, and a thousand times more real. And they get it all done in an hour. Take that, Shakespeare!... full review
CRISTEN BRINKERHOFF certified reviewer June 18, 2018
tagged as: Simple · smart · modern · heart · beauriful · well performed
I can not recommend this modern Shakespeare re-telling enough. It’s funny, it’s self-aware, it’s innovative and shockingly real. Less Hamlet and more like someone chewing up a soliloquy and spitting it at you. It is a playground built upon the minds of Kelley Pierre, Payden Ackerman, and the breathtaking Katelyn Schiller, who returns to Fringe after last year’s stunning Quantum Entanglement to once again warp traditional theatre into a more-perfect shape. Hamlet fan or not; it’s doesnt matter. See this play and you’ll find yourself hidden inside it.... full review
SCOTT GOLDEN certified reviewer June 19, 2018
Really engaging work by all three involved not only onstage but as the writing team behind the show. Chemistry onstage can sometimes be tricky but these three nailed it. The dialogue was sharp and funny and dangerous in places. Definitely recommended!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 02, 2018
Unique perspective of Hamlet. Whatta dick. ... full review
MATT RITCHEY certified reviewer June 02, 2018
CAVEAT: I’m a friend and collaborator with this group and am reviewing as such, not in an official capacity with Gia On The Move. One of my favorite shows from last year's Fringe was QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT by Lucid Dramatics. It was thought-provoking, heady, but with desperately real emotions and performances. Lucid Dramatics brings a new show to the same room for HFF18 and while its story is wildly different, the quality is just as high, just as personal, and even more dramatic. It's modern-day HAMLET. But it's way more than that. It's toxicity. It's how relationships are ripped apart without knowing why. It's desperation. It's They Might Be Giants. Katelyn Schiller again blew my mind as Hamlet, Payden Ackerman is a gentle and all-to... full review
MARTIN RODRIGUEZ certified reviewer June 03, 2018
Wow. What a great show. The way Lucid Dramatics took these well-known characters, put them in a modernized world, and told this story about them was really captivating. This show really makes you feel things and invest yourself in this story and its characters. It even has moments where will relate to the relationships that you see onstage. You will find yourself having trouble keeping in your audible reactions due to the fantastic delivery of this story and these relationships by the actors. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 03, 2018
tagged as: passionate · new · ensemble · drama · young · dynamic
Not a wasted moment!... full review