Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Hamlet, 08-30-03

Haven't had much time lately, and a few things to catch up. The 30th was beautiful day for a drive to Spring Green and American Player's Theatre's matinee of Hamlet. Premier leading man James DiVita had the title role,and gave an orginal rading of the part which emphasised the character's mordant wit over the gloom. I did not think the attempt entirely successful, since the energy added to the role sometimes overpowered the text. After Hamlet's first encounter with his father's ghost, he swears his vengance with such fury that it seems he should immediately seek out and slay Claudius. It is a jarring disjunct when this is immediately followed by the first of his "melancholy-mad" scenes. Similarly, the supporting cast is tasked with a lot of screaming and running during the climactic duel and death scene, which, although perhaps realistic, detracts from the language and the pace of the tragedy. The other standout performance was Polonius, who avoided pomposity in the famous "neither a borrower," speech, although the text traps him into the garrulous old man role later on.

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