Hamlet (VA)

 

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John Hardy, T. Ryder Smith

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T. Ryder Smith, Suzanne Boulle

 

Excerpts from the reviews:

“Merely hearing the play aloud at Barter reminds one that deft playwrighting still must be measured against Shakespeare’s work, despite ‘Hamlet’s impossible elements. Who else could – or has – blended elements of the supernatural, gentle comedy and horrific tragedy?. . . Director Stutts has delivered a ‘Hamlet’ that is clear in the telling and feels cohesive – except that it lacks the glow of tragedy. That there are problems opens up the entire realm of theatrical debate, firstly because ‘Hamlet’ is not something you get, ‘Hamlet’ is something you aspire to. . . . The role can be played a thousand ways; choose your major stroke . . . John Hardy isn’t bad – he just seems [directorially] neglected. . . . Tragic glow and a range of other moods are skillfully personified by T. Ryder Smith as Laertes, who brings a Keith Richards raffishness to his character’s lighter moments early on, the builds steadily into something deft, haunting and authentic. Good show. . . It felt a privilege to view something immortal and extremely difficult . . . the static of opinion or connoisseurship didn’t block me from reveling anew in ‘Hamlet’s contrariness and brilliance . . .“ – Robert Weisfeld, The Abingdon-Virginian