It’s usually more than a bit eerie and grisly, but this time it’s also more elevated: a barebones telling of “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s murderous tale of revenge, that is powerful and affecting, thanks to the always game company and Rafael Goldstein’s marvelous Hamlet.
Jennie Webb – Backstage
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but it’s certainly not the performance of Rafael Goldstein as the revenge-bent prince. This briskly paced, two-hour production belongs almost entirely to Goldstein, whose jangled, dangerous Hamlet is not to be believed when he tells Gertrude, “I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft.”
Amy Lyons – LA Weekly
Small theatre, small production, but a big bang of entertainment! Director Denise Devin took unarguably Shakespeare’s most popular play and gave it a fresh look in a small venue. Casting her characters with some of the most talented performers I have seen in a while.
Lorenzo Marchessi – NoHoArtsDistrict
Denise Devin deftly directs a fast-paced intermission-less Hamlet with authority and skill at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre; a risk that pays off handsomely as the production explores one man’s psychological descent into evil.
Ellen Dostal – Shakespeare in LA
Presented by and at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
July 6–Aug. 12, 2012; Fri., 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.
Tickets: (818) 202-4120
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