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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
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
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
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
RUSSELL EATON certified reviewer June 21, 2018
A superb cast brings a fascinating play to life. A clever rethink of the relationships of characters from Hamlet, this thing plays like a twisted love letter to Shakespeare and an alternate universe to some deeply dysfunctional, but loving, friends. Trippy and fun, this is electrifying, emotional theater.... full review
LISA K. WYATT certified reviewer June 21, 2018
tagged as: original · riveting · heartbreaking · clever
A refreshingly original take on Shakespeare that fully explores the relationships in Hamlet and is its own riveting and raucous piece of theatre. Clever, witty and heartbreaking. Katelyn Schiller is my favorite Hamlet. Strong cast, well matched. Discovering truly unique works like this are what the joy of fringe is all about.... full review
BONNIE SLUDIKOFF certified reviewer June 19, 2018
Fresh. Funny. Heart-breaking. Engaging. A real think piece. I love what these guys do as playwrights and actors. The work is intelligent, but not snobby. The piece is wonderfully portable- not in a bad way -and I hate to call the show "fringy" but something really well done here is creating a show that falls under an hour (without feeling incomplete), can be unpacked with props and set pieces in under 15 minutes, but still look professional.... I remember in the same team's piece last year there was a device used in the script that took me a while and when I understand it it was like "OHHHH I get it, cool"- this show had a similar device and I never fully got it- although I mostly got it and I liked it... (But I wish I could have fully g... full review
ELIZABETH ALAN certified reviewer June 19, 2018
A clever, fresh take on Shakespeare which I thoroughly enjoyed. ... full review