FringeTastic: Hamlet

By Michele TramSenior Plogger BAMA Theatre Company’s Hamlet starts off with an aesthetically-pleasing visual: eight actors are seen in a semi-circle formation each towing unique props in hand producing a rhythmically-infectious beat. From this moment alone, it is evident that the cast members are incredibly in sync with one another as this well-choreographed number progresses without a hitch. The scene lays the foundation for a set of expectations that would ultimately be fulfilled through director Greg Foro’s clever utilization of the stage and Chris Roe’s emotionally-raw performance as Hamlet. Hamlet is a story about Prince Hamlet and his unflinching need to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Upon learning from his father’s ghost that Claudius, his uncle, was indeed the murderer, Hamlet devises a plan to murder Claudius. He is further enraged when discovering that Claudius has wed his newly widowed mother, Queen Gertrude. At one point, Claudius and Gertrude are concerned with Hamlet’s erratic state of madness and sends Hamlet’s friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to keep a watchful eye on him which does not end too well. Eventually, all the scheming and treachery has its price as Hamlet ends with a bitterly-haunting imagery that is difficult to forget. Although Shakespearean language can oftentimes be puzzling, the flawlessly reenacted Hamlet by the cast of versatile actors allows for the play to be easily understandable. Whether you are an avid fan of Shakespeare’s collection of plays or not, Hamlet is a must see. *Plog Pick TICKETS