I HATE HAMLET

A comedy by Paul Rudnick

Directed by Erik Steen

Set by Tim Leagjeld

Costumes by Dawn Marks

Lighting by Gary Hirsch

Choreography by Michelle Gonzalez

Fight Choreography/Producer is Patrick Spradlin

Stage Manager is Nicole Rothleutner

Technical Direction by Dwana Paplow

CAST

Shastina Smith-Dominguez as Felicia Dantine

Mitchell Dahlman as Andrew Rally

Rhiannon Kunesh as Deirdre McDavey

Terry Bock as Lillian Troy

Kevin Yeager as John Barrymore

Bob Spear as Gary Peter Lefkowitz

Now running in the Chalberg Theatre

at Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd, Minnesota

Feb. 14, 15, 20-22 at 7:30 pm.

Online Box office – http://www.clcmn.edu/arts or call 218-855-8199

Let’s see.  There’s New York and German accents, innocent young ladies,

A TV star and a dead actor.  Add in an apartment that could double for a scene in Young Frankenstein, fun costumes and action (including a sword fight), some special effects, an experienced director and you have a successful show.

Almost.

What you need is a cast that works well together to make it all work, and that’s the heart of

CLC’s I HATE HAMLET.

All the elements are there, but it is the great casting that pays off so very well.  The ladies all handle their jobs well; Shastina as the slightly starstruck real estate agent, Rhiannon as the supportive girlfriend and Terry as the semi-jaded agent…. All three ladies bring a bright personage to the stage – and we like them.  Bob Spear steps in to light up the part of the self-centered television producer – you know the type: every sentence begins with “I” and ends with “I”.  These four actors offer the audience something to watch and listen to – and to like.

And then there’s Mitch and Kevin – these two have worked together in several shows, including the classic DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, the Sondheim musical A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and  a very dramatic THE GLASS MENAGERIE.  And now, we add a more contemporary comedy to their list in the show here.  These two match up yet again to the joy of the audience – Mitch as the successful TV star who is timidly trying to stretch his wings as a stage actor (trying to do HAMLET outdoors) and Kevin playing the uppity and brash ghost of John Barrymore.  The two know each other so well – and are so familiar with each other’s acting style that the audience has no problem accepting them as actually BEING Andy Rally and John Barrymore.  One plays off the other, which leads to plenty of pleasure for the audience, and that includes mugging and broad comedy and a good quick pace between the characters.

The comedy – and the writing of Paul Rudnick – is swift and fast.  There’s some Neil Simon here, and some situation comedy – and with this cast, it is all crisp and fast.  Visually, the set and costumes are so very strong, completing an enjoyable evening.

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