Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth

by Tom Stoppard

Whistler in the Dark Theatre

2011@ The Boston Center for the Arts

 

  • Eliot Norton Awards nomination: Outstanding Director Small/Fringe Theater

  • Hubbie Award Best Performance (Aimee Rose Ranger, Nathaniel Gundy)

  • Hubbie Award Best Lighting Design (PJ Strachman)

  • IRNE Award nomination Best Play Fringe

  • DigBoston Best Plays of 2011

  • Boston Phoenix Best Plays of 2011

Dominoes, et dominoes, et dominoes, Popsies historical axle-grease, exacts bubbly fins crock lavender...

Two short plays divided by a comma but united by common themes.

In the first play, three students are setting up for their production of a fifteen-minute Hamlet to be performed in its original language. The catch? These students speak Dogg - a language comprised of English words but with different meanings. But when an English-speaking delivery man arrives with their set components, both languages break down and new ways of communication must be devised. Capped off with a hilarious 15-minute Hamlet, this is Stoppard at his word-playing gleeful best.

 

In the second play, renegade actors stage a secret performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that becomes a stark and moving metaphor for resistance in a time of censorship. Whistler in the Dark is thrilled to present this linguist’s delight - an evening of word-wizardry from the writer of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia.

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