starring Dan Donohue
directed by Bill Rauch
When it was announced back in the summer of 2009 that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2010 season would include a Hamlet directed by Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch, Clan Murphy went all a-flutter (and a-Twitter). First off, we figured that Rauch would bring some warmth, theatricality and menschlichkeit to a play that seems to invite catastrophic Scylla vs. Charybdis production choices.
I mean, how to do this wonderful, gnarly, hoary terrifying play? If you’ve seen more than three or four Hamlets, you may know what I’m saying: On the one side is the creaking-at-the-knees Thou Shalt Not Mess with this Sacrosanct Relic school of theatre production, and on the other, the acrobatically innovative “high concept” approach that resembles nothing so much as Pretzel-Position No. 108 in The Shakespearean Tantric Sex Manual.