Hamlet on Speed

Did you think you’d seen the last revision of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark? Think again. New World School of the Arts graduate Tarell Alvin McCraney, the emerging writer-director whose previous play, 2011’s The Brothers Size, was one of the best productions of that or any year, has set his sights on what many consider the greatest drama in the English language. Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and running for five weeks at GableStage (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables), McCraney’s Hamlet will drastically scale down Shakespeare’s longest play — unabridged versions run four hours — into a brisk 90 minutes without an intermission. Such truncation of perfection is a bold move and might be rejected as blasphemy or celebrated for its radicalism; either way, it promises to be one of the most talked-about productions of 2013.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Feb. 10, 2013


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