“Brilliant, Powerful, Dramatic, Beautifully Performed”
Highly Recommended

review by Ed Vincent
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An exceptional production with a fabulous cast of actors and actresses. You could easily have thought you’d been watching the production of the Sopranos with the revenge, violence, and loyalty all put to the test, were it not for the Elizabethan English. The play was written in 1601 and first performed in the United States in 1759, in Philadalphia. This play, a tragedy of blood and honor has long been held as a measure of one’s acting ability, and this production is grand in all aspects, even the costumes and tailoring are exceptional.

The work by Michael McKeogh as Hamlet was fantastic in both diction and portrayal of the damned Prince. Sara Pavlak in the role of Ophelia was dramatic and epic, especially when she loses control of her mind and rants in anguish, before the slide of ultimate depression.

Will Clinger is a marvel in the many faces, characters, and accents which he executes flawlessly, a great actor.

Claudius the primary murderer of the play is performed by the much loved Jack Hickey. Jack has performed almost every role imaginable and his skills shine again in this role as villan.

Unrhymed iambic pentameter was not the norm in 1601, but neither was Olde English, as shown below.

‘Fæder ure þuþe eart on heofonum
si þin nama gehalgod tobecume þin rice gewurþe þin willa on eorðan swa swa on heofonum
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us to dæg
and forgyf us ure gyltas swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge ac alys us of yfele soþlice.’

Becomes the following in our modern diction.

‘Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debters.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’

Get your tickets, bring friends, picnic outdoors and watch Oak Park actors with hand guns.

“Brilliant, Powerful, Dramatic, Beautifully Performed”
Highly Recommended</span>