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Hamlet

KAITIE TODD
7:30 pm Thursdays-Sundays through May 4., Sunday April 20 | $15; Thursdays "pay what you will."
Milepost 5
850 NE 81st Ave.
 
From the opening moments of Post5 Theatre’s abridged Hamlet, it’s evident this isn’t the version you saw in high school. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude resemble the picture-perfect parents from a ’50s sitcom, servants snap photos with smartphones, the guards carry guns, and Ty Boice as Hamlet swaggers into the room wearing sunglasses and a fancy suit, every bit as bitter and melancholy as you expect him to be—until he isn’t. With consistently swift line delivery, Boice’s Danish prince drips with sarcasm one second and flightiness the next, making Shakespeare’s tragedy come alive with unexpected comedy. From the exasperated “ugh” right before a sword fight to the singsong “goodnight, mother” as he drags a dead body out of the room, Boice brings a compelling duality to his character: His madness is razor-sharp, but also frightening in its unpredictability. Aided by an intimate set and a cast that plays up the humor—notably Jessica Tidd, who near matches Boice’s charisma as Ophelia—the production, under Paul Angelo's direction, slowly regains its gravity as the tragedy unfolds. Yet it’s a heft lightened by laughter from a Hamlet who’s both fun and scary to watch. But mostly fun.

Where: Milepost 5
Phone: 729-3223
Address: 850 NE 81st Ave.
Website: http://live.artistsmilepost.net/ai1ec_event/hamlet/?instance_id=

 
 

Milepost 5

850 NE 81st Ave.
Portland, OR
 
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