I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick

This lighthearted comedy tells the story of Andrew Rally, a mediocre actor as well-known for his role opposite a squirrel in a cereal commercial as he is for his real work. After his medical TV drama is canceled, he faces the decision whether or not to take on the greatest part of all time: Hamlet. When the advice from his crazy wannabe-damsel-in-distress girlfriend, his LA manager, and his ailing agent isn't enough, in steps John Barrymore, the most glorious Hamlet of all time. Oh, and did I mention Barrymore is dead?

In a play that incorporates seances, sword-fighting, and full-on Shakespearean garb, the appearance of a ghost is hardly shocking. The play is so unabashedly over-the-top that it gets away with it, and ends up being a fun, clever comedy. The dialogue is fast-paced and witty, and the characters playfully poke fun at show business stereotypes.

Once Andrew is finally convinced to take on the role, his manager comes to him with a lucrative deal for a TV show back in Hollywood. Will he be drawn in by the temptation of money and fame or will Andrew allow Shakespeare to make him a new man?

Cast: 3 Men, 3 Women

Scenes/Monologues: Scenes for one man late 20s / early 30s and one ghost of John Barrymore. Monologues for these same men.

Recommended by: Julia

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ISBN: 9780822205463
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dramatists Play Service - December 1992