Friday, April 4, 2014

Examiner Review

Jennifer Vo Le plays Ophelia as the woman torn between love and the cruel machinery of court that demands the sacrifice of ideal on the altar of ambition. Jennifer Vo Le plays her first scenes as the weeping, wailing vulnerable young woman. In a complete reversal of personality, she plays her last two scenes tough, becoming a dangerous woman in a masterful performance that alone makes the evening worthwhile.

Terry Kolkey plays Polonius, the father of Ophelia, the cagy councilor trying to place a member of his family on the throne of Denmark. Edwin Ortiz plays her brother Laertes, a man with his own royal ambitions, with strength and intensity. 

Glenn Havlan anchors the play with his strong, serious, greedy and intelligent approach to the part of Claudius the king. Lynn Sotos plays Queen Gertrude with poise. 

Hamlet is played by Tim Gahan, a co-founder of Truepenny, with a ditsy surface that deliberately obscures the seriousness of his enterprise: to get the throne back and to avenge the murder of his father.

4/5 stars

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