“To be or not to be.” “The play’s the thing.” “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” “To thine own self be true.” Maybe you know William Shakespeare’s Hamlet mostly as a collection of famous quotes, or that text you had to slog through in high school English class. Maybe it’s time Pioneer Theatre Company reminded you why it’s still one of the most extraordinary works of drama ever created.
Michael Crane takes on the role that may be an actor’s greatest challenge: the young prince of Denmark whose actions (and inactions) have inspired countless critical interpretations. Does he believe that his uncle Claudius has killed his father? Is he mad, or just playing at madness? The richness of the thematic material—and the opportunities for actors and directors to explore it—makes every production a chance to experience Hamlet as though for the first time. And if it really is your first time … well, this play really is the thing.
Pioneer Theatre Company: Hamlet @ Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, 801-581-6961, Sept. 17-Oct. 2, Monday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday matinee 2 p.m. except Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m. $24-$42. PioneerTheatre.org