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Oscar Isaac Is on Target as Brooding Hamlet

July 19, 2017  
By Dr. Leonard Golubchick, LaborPress Entertainment Editor

In the Public Theatre’s production of Hamlet, Oscar Isaac—perhaps best known for his roles in the two latest Star Wars movies—proves he is one of our generation’s great actors.

Under the adroit direction of Sam Gold, Isaac brings forth a Hamlet, the brooding prince of Denmark pondering his course after his father was murdered and his uncle assumes the throne, with a wonderful touch of humanity. He enables the audience in the intimate Public Theatre to feel they are integrated into the life of the wonderful ensemble.

The minimalist set design makes this at least an interesting take on Hamlet, but it’s a version you may want to see to experience great acting. The whole cast works seamlessly. Ritchie Coster plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father, walking the parapets of the Danish castle, with aplomb, and also does a wonderful job as Polonius. Gayle Rankin is lovely while haunting as Ophelia.  Keegan-Michael Key provides levity as Hamlet’s friend Horatio.

The production is almost four hours long—but one does not have to look at their watch to hope the end is approaching.

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