Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: 'I Hate Hamlet' gives humorous glimpse into acting profession

The notion that playing the Melancholy Dane is to acting what rocket science and brain surgery are to other professions -- or as the main character describes it, "algebra on stage" -- is humorously deflated in UIS Theatre's fall production, "I Hate Hamlet."

Written by Paul Rudnick and directed for the University of Illinois Springfield by Eric Thiboudeaux-Thompson, "I Hate Hamlet" takes place in the New York City apartment once occupied by legendary actor John Barrymore (and, in real life, by Rudnick when he wrote the script in 1991).

"I Hate Hamlet" runs 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission, and contains some adult language and themes. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today and Nov. 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, $8 for UIS faculty and staff, and $6 for UIS students. An additional charge of $2 applies to tickets purchased at the door. For tickets purchased online or by phone, additional charges of $5 apply.

Tickets may be purchased during regular business hours or up to 90 minutes before each show at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, located on level two of the UIS Public Affairs Center. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960 or at

The review was published in an October 30, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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