One caught my eye and raises the question… To hate or not to hate, that is the question —
I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick is a story about a successful but recently unemployed actor, Andrew Rally, who moves from LA to New York City and rents an old, gothic apartment that was the home of the most famous actor to ever play Hamlet, John Barrymore. As his TV career stalls, he is offered and reluctantly takes the leading role in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet…the only problem, he HATES Hamlet.
His problems multiple when Barrymore’s drunken ghost appears in full costume in his apartment. His ghostly roommate begins to dispenses advice on Shakespearean acting, as well as life and love as the two battle over women, success, and how to play or overplay (“I do not overact. I simply possess the emotional resources of ten men”) the role of Hamlet.
The Vienna Theater Company is a community theater based in suburban Vienna, VA, about 18 miles from the National Mall.
I Hate Hamlet
Vienna Theatre Company
120 Cherry Street
Vienna, VA 22180
Dates – Friday and Saturday evenings through January 27th – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets – $9.00 and $8.00 for seniors and students – e-mail for reservation, pay at the box office at least 15 minutes before the performance.
Nearest Metro subway station – Vienna/Fairfax/GMU – Orange line, then a 15-minute bus – a taxi from the Metro is probably best. Taxis are generaly waiting at the Metro station.
Parking is available.