March 7th, 2010

Galen 2013


Ashland, Oregon
at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Dan Donohue in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's HamletHamlet
written by William Shakespeare
directed by Bill Rauch

Dan Donohue's Hamlet is so strong, so conversational, so underplayed, so accessible that every moment of the play belongs to him.  In some productions, Hamlet shows up on stage as a wandering soul with a mouth full of pretty words.  Not here.  This Hamlet is at the knowing center of all action and activity.  The plot, the motives, the night, the story, the tragedy are all clear and all his.

This Hamlet is not a callow 20-something who wound up at school, but a deferred student with some life behind him.  More of a reflective man than an icon of dithering youth.

At the conclusion of the short-feeling 3 1/4-hour play, when Hamlet resurrects himself for the deservedly wild standing ovation, you almost feel sorry for the other cast members who were bit players on the fringe of Donohue's spotlight.

And then, the amazement sets in.Collapse )

Ozdachs Rating: A Raving 5 Syntaxes out of 5