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LIVE: “Hamlet” @ Minerva Arts Center, North Adams [GailSez]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Hamlet (Chelsea LeSage) and Laertes (Jesse lee Egan Poirier) first come to blows over Ophelia's grave, as Claudius (Curtis Elfenbein Asch) looks on (photo: Jess Pillmore)

Hamlet (Chelsea LeSage) and Laertes (Jesse lee Egan Poirier) first come to blows over Ophelia's grave, as Claudius (Curtis Elfenbein Asch) looks on (photo: Jess Pillmore)

An amateur production of Hamlet which reimagines Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane as a lesbian. This could be scary. But, under the clearheaded direction of Christopher Beaulieu and his wife Jess Pillmore, who together run the Virginia-based physical theatre company Creatively Independent, it could be really cool. Since I saw this production on the hottest night of the year, I am very glad that “cool” was the operative word.

However, I must begin this review by focusing on the major problem with the production as I saw it on the official opening night because it is one that is easily fixed. The actors all need to speak up. Beaulieu and Pillmore clearly state that they run a physical theatre, and physically this is a concise and powerful production, but this is Shakespeare and you cannot sacrifice the text.

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