Hamlet Chapter Two: Back In Black
by Mike Seccombe
Dark Horse Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
V.4 - Onstage at Pantages 
Dark Horse Theatre grudgingly presents the return of the most pointless sequel of all time: the remount of the reboot of Hamlet Chapter Two: Back In Black! A biting satire on the Hollywood sequel machine and the questionable powers that run it, this ballistic comedy returns (in a somewhat mutated form) from the 2008 Winnipeg Fringe. "Get thee to a funnery!"
This time, it's personal...again.

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12

Genre:
Play-Comedy

Audience:
Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild Language, Gunshots
Thu July 19 8:45 PM
Sat July 21 1:45 PM
Sun July 22 7:00 PM
Tue July 24 12:00 PM
Wed July 25 5:15 PM
Thu July 26 7:00 PM
Sat July 28 10:45 PM

Hamlet Chapter Two: Back In Black

Dark Horse Theatre—Onstage at Pantages

Contrary to the content of this piece, I do enjoy a good Shakespeare spinoff and adaptations of his works. Every year there seems to be at least a few Hamlet parodies or re-interpretations. Hell, a few years ago I saw the entire play written into a half hour rap! (Loved it.)

This particular production places us in modern day Hollywood, as a scuzzy movie producer attempts to resurrect Hamlet in the form of a sequel (despite most of the characters having DIED in the original play). What follows is a hysterical, sometimes cringey (Hamlet a zombie? GOLD!) performance using a variety of actors, themes and outrageous ideas of how to bring Hamlet back to life in order to manage a sequel. We see a man broken by how horrid this entire movie idea is, and is baffled that it somehow turns into a cult classic (the Room, anyone?)

Its satirical, its clever and its very funny. Inserting plenty of the original prose from Hamlet, references to current pop culture and impersonations, what you’ll see is an entertaining, thought-provoking and interesting version of a much loved production. Definitely a new spin that in my years of Hamlet fandom I haven’t quite seen before. Its fun, so get thee to a funnery!!

Calantha Jensen


Dark Horse Theatre

Hamlet Chapter Two: Back In Black—Onstage at Pantages

Only two chances left to catch Dark Horse Theatre’s production of “Hamlet Chapter Two: Back In Black” at Venue #4. Our first few shows played to packed houses and gales of laughter. One hour of manic performances and more pop-culture references than you can shake a Yorick at! It’s fast! It’s funny! It was among the top 12 shows to see as selected by the CBC before the Fringe even began! Come and see not only the sequel to Hamlet, but the story of the making of the sequel to Hamlet, the aftermath of making the sequel to Hamlet, and most importantly, why you should NEVER make a sequel to Hamlet! Hesitate no longer! Get thee to a funnery!