A modern absurdist masterpiece that takes one of the greatest plays of all time and turns it on its head – a fun-house-mirror version of Hamlet which is both profound and hysterical. Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Play.”
This was my first time to Mad Cow, and I was surprised at how intimate the venue is. Of course, photography during the show is not allowed but I managed to sneak a pic during the first intermisson:
Let me first say the cast was really good. The two leads (Tim Williams and Michael Marinaccio) in particular were exceptional, especially given the heavy amount of dialogue they shared. I’d definitely go to another play at Mad Cow just to see either of these actors. I did, however, have some issues with the play itself:
- While the content was actually quite funny (I laughed alot, specifically at the young male actor dressed-up as a woman for most of the play – hilarious!), I still have no idea what the heck happened. And this was after two-and-a-half hours! I’m thoroughly confused. In fact, after the second act ended, a handful of audience members left because they thought the play was over; my friend and I were nearly two of those, until we realized many people were staying. (To me, this is a major problem with the content: an audience shouldn’t be scratching their heads, wondering if the story is over or not.)
- It’s a really freakin’ long play! I don’t know if programs were available and I just missed picking one up, or if they weren’t available, but there are two intermissions, and like I mentioned above well over two hours. Actually, the entire third act could’ve been eliminated and I would’ve been very happy. I supposed if I’d had a program and was aware there were two intermissions, I would’ve been mentally prepared.
Please understand neither of these points have anything to do with the cast, crew, or show director. I just think these are flaws–at least in my opinion–in the script and material. Or maybe I just didn’t get it….
If you’re interested in checking-out this play for yourself, it runs through the end of February. Visit Mad Cow’s website for a complete listing of other shows this season. Of course, you can always follow them on Twitter or become a Fan on Facebook for inside info.
* In an effort to disclose, my friend was provided complimentary tickets to the show. She invited me as a guest.