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“By concentrating only on plot rather than on Hamlet’s many reflections, Pasyk gives us something like the graphic novel version of the play rather than Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Those looking for new insights into the play or into the character will have to wait for the next production to roll around.”
“Michael-Spencer-Davis’s first appearance in the role…is an anomaly; he’s downright hilarious as he gets in his cups, cracking up the audience in places both expected and unexpected, a master at portraying obliviousness.”
” Umeh’s riveting performance is reason enough for a ticket, but Pasyk’s thoughtful direction bolsters that tour-de-force with a series of well-earned revelations. As enthralling as it is bold, this Hamlet is already a highlight of the 2022 season.”
“Abbey, Beaty and Michael Spencer-Davis as Polonius are strong anchors of an acting company featuring a number of exciting talents making their Stratford debuts, including Austin Eckert as Laertes, and Matthew Kabwe as the ghost of Hamlet’s father and an amusingly plain-spoken Gravedigger.”
“We may be witnessing in this production a passing of a Shakespearean torch. Much as Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V reduced Laurence Olivier’s to the status of a hammy period piece, Umeh’s performance speaks to a new generation.”