Theatergoers looking for lighter winter fare should enjoy the dramatic comedy I Hate Hamlet, to be presented by The Gate Theater Group March 4, 5, 6, @ 7:PM, March 7 @ 3:00 PM in the Studio Theater at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. Tickets are 300 baht. For More info call 087 177 2195.
The Story: In this work by Paul Rudnick, up-and-coming television star Andrew Rally has been offered the part of Hamlet as part of the Shakespeare in the Park series and rents a Gothic apartment in New York City. Unfortunately, Andrew is not thrilled with the idea of spouting classic lines written by The Bard. In fact, he hates Hamlet.
Adding to his quandary is the presence of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives at the apartment (his former home) in full Hamlet costume — and fully inebriated — with the sole intent of convincing young Andrew to take on the iconic role.
The contrast between the two actors — the towering, dissipated Barrymore, whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, a hot middle-aged TV star — leads to a hilariously funny verbal duel over art, women, duty, success, television and even the apartment they occupy.