Indiana Repertory Theatre
Directed by Andrew Tsao
Through Nov. 3
In the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s 90-minute version of Hamlet, part of the Theater for Young Audiences program, Hamlet goes ghost hunting with a video recorder. One entire scene is replaced with a musical montage between Ophelia and Hamlet, who share iPod earbuds. The show retains the thick Shakespearian speak we have all muddled through, but the addition of these modern elements (and others) helps people, especially young students, relate to the characters, and often elicits a laugh from the audience.
An IRT first-timer, Chicago-based Matthew Brumlow leads a cast that is packed with local actors. As the black-leather-clad Hamlet, Brumlow makes the character’s dark emotions — agitation, depression, grief, fear — physical in his movement-filled performance. His actions emphatically emphasize his words, which helps communicate meaning. Good stuff.
Shows continue through Nov. 3; call 317-635-5252 for tickets.