Cedar Rapids – TCR’s Linge Series this year consists of two shows that are inextricably linked – William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guidenstern are Dead. R&G, which humorously shows most of the events of Hamlet from the perspectives of two minor characters, opens next weekend. Hamlet opens tomorrow night, April 1. A quick synopsis of the play: A Danish prince discovers that his uncle has murdered his father and usurped the throne. Of course, this is probably the most famous play ever written. It was a favorite of mine when I was younger, but in recent years, as more and more grey hair arrives, Hamlet has become less and less sympathetic of a character. Nevertheless, it remains the pinnacle of classic theatre and one should never miss an opportunity to experience the show. Hamlet is portrayed by Matthew James, who has always turns in a great performance. Some quotes from past reviews:
Matthew James’s performance as Ralph is the most striking element of the production.
But it’s James’ ability to create empathy for a killer, particularly in the final scenes of the show, for which he deserves the most praise.
James’ subtle and often silent work tells us everything we need to know about how Max is feeling throughout the show.
James turns in a particularly heart breaking performance. He moves from desperate to haunted to resolved, perfectly depicting the character’s arc at every moment.
James is excellent as the callow and calculating Tony.
Here’s a preview video from TCR:
Tickets are available here.