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HAMLET BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: October 6, 2009
Synopsis: Jude Law stars in the Donmar Warehouse's production of this classic Shakespeare play.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"If vigor were all in acting Shakespeare, Jude Law would be a gold medal Hamlet. Playing the doomed Prince of Denmark in the barnstorming production that opened on Tuesday night at the Broadhurst Theater, directed by Michael Grandage, Mr. Law approaches his role with the focus, determination and adrenaline level of an Olympic track competitor staring down an endless line of hurdles."
"He rants. He rails. He seizes Shakespeare's most famous play by its well-known soliloquies and doesn't let go. The actor's turbocharged performance as the anguished Danish prince is not particularly subtle, but it's well-spoken and clear. And eminently watchable."
"Directors have taken all kinds of liberties with Shakespeare through the years, with widely ranging results. The last Broadway production of Macbeth, in 2008, set the Scottish play in an unnamed Stalinist state. In a recent off-Broadway staging of Othello, the actors chatted on cellphones."
"The castle at Elsinore, in director Michael Grandage's stolid "Hamlet," is a towering mausoleum. Designer Christopher Oram has built monolithic marbled walls pierced by lofty windows through which Neil Austin pours shards of dungeon-like light. The austere stage pictures are arresting, as is the presence of sinewy Jude Law in a series of skinny knits and rumpled raincoats in grim shades from gray through black. However, the cohesiveness of the production's mostly monochromatic visual scheme is not matched by similar consistency of concept or emotional depth. It's an accessible presentation, but rarely exciting and even less often moving."
"Can a movie star on the stage transcend his film performances and even rise above the gossip pages? The answer is yes when it comes to Jude Law, who's giving a spine-tingling and richly layered performance in a new version of "Hamlet" that makes you forget about his past roles and bad-boy melodramas."
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