HAMLET Grove Talk

Click on the arrow below to listen to a podcast of a pre-performance Hamlet Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Podcast produced by Will McCandless. Hamlet has been extended; the production runs through October 21, 2012.


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5 Responses to HAMLET Grove Talk

  1. dianne Sweer says:

    Hello Phillipa,
    This was an extremely intelligent and consistent production but young Hamlet lacked introspection so I understand why the director rarely had him alone on stage. We did not hear or feel the persistent, “internal” questioning and deeply troubled thoughts of this Hamlet. I adored this very bright, energetic, impulsive young prince but I could not weep at his death—if only we could have seen more of the thoughtful, pensive Hamlet and a bit less of his “Mercutio” characteristics———
    Mr. McClain was superb but the directing was skewed; Ophelia was disturbingly without whimsy, gentleness or the fragility she must have for her “mad scene” or death to be believable or even sad.
    Although I was perplexed by the missing Fortinbras connection, I understand the time restrictions.
    All in all…a thoughtful production and as always your Grove talk was extremely helpful—I would never have understood the ghost’s bloody and crusted appearance w/o your explanation. Thanks to you and the entire company for making summer more meaningful and enjoyable.

    Dianne (One of Edith’s Co’s)—Lorraine will be attending the show soon.

    • philippa kelly says:

      Hello Dianne,
      I didn’t know that there were responses over here on this blog. I’m sorry I didn’t respond, even to acknowledge your thoughtful post. And thank you for your compliments on the production and grove talk.


  2. Jan Stafford says:

    I get so much out of the Grove Talks, and this one was no different! I also appreciated the acting, which was superb all round. The set, however, drained energy, assaulted my sensibilities and was not successful in symbolizing decline. It was just ugly. Please stop using this industrial, scaffolding-and- cement set style, CalShakes! It’s been overdone. It’s a thing of the 1990s.

    That said, the sets for your other shows this season, particularly Spunk, were dyamite! CalShakes, your season was astonishing and filled me with joy.

    • Roque Gutierrez says:

      i too was not smitten with the set…and found it cumbersome and distracting…although I could well accept the chaoticness of the entire production i would have preferred the chaos to stay within the characters…i did enjoy the overall performances of the actors and absolutely loved the music track..

    • Cindy says:

      I agree that this “industrial, scaffolding-and-cement” design has been overused by CalShakes, in addition to being outdated. I do not understand why a swimming pool was used, although I understand portraying the decay of the current kingdom. But why a swimming pool?

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