16 April 2001 | Kanyak
Hamlet goes Post-Modern
Hamlet set in the pre-Civil War American South (more or less). Claudius, looks vaguely like a recent US president and talks with an Arkansas drawl. Polonius and Ophelia are Black; Polonius is the mansion's major-domo. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern dress, look, and talk like a couple of Mafiosi. The Ghost is a hoot. Hamlet, who speaks with a Midwestern accent, tends to mumble a bit
The text is straight Shakespeare--not a scene or even a line seems to be missing.
The strange thing about this pastiche is that it's engaging and actually works.