Director Sherman’s production delivers relatively clear storytelling (audiences with a working knowledge of “Hamlet” may enjoy the show more), while simultaneously seeming to revel in the drollness of, for instance, Collett performing the climactic sword fight by herself, because she plays both Hamlet and Laertes.
It is in Mara Sherman’s direction and Collett and Sweet’s delivery of this tricky text that the production sets itself apart from others. The performers’ ease and delight in speaking the lines kept the scenes from descending into a fog of high-flown Elizabethan wordiness. The team’s skillful interpretations showed me dimensions to scenes that had never pulled into focus for me before.
Mara Sherman has guided these enthusiastic performers and shaped a truly entertaining evening of theatre, one that by rights should be a calling card for everyone in this production. You can’t miss with this one, folks!