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From Fringe 2018
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!!
From Fringe 2018
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!