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Hamlet, But Hamlet's a Chicken

Daily from Dec. 20-22
8 p.m.
Dec. 22
1:30 p.m.
$12-$25/$15-$30 at the door

In the illustrious history of theater, many talented thespians have taken on the coveted role of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s tragic prince. Now the part will be played by a chicken. This production, from irreverent upstarts Grand Island Theatre, was one of the standout shows of the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Undoubtedly the title alone drew out curiosity seekers looking to confirm that Hamlet is, in fact, played by a live chicken. Those who would dismiss the endeavor as merely a gimmick, however, will find that the concept runs deeper than silly superficialities. Slashing the dialogue to a minimalist extreme, placing the action in bizarre settings, and littering the stage with ridiculous product placement are just some of the absurdist flourishes used to warp the work. The entire enterprise takes the Bard’s tragedy and reframes it through the disorienting lens of Dadaism. With so many theater companies having made a sport of refashioning Hamlet with modern conventions, Grand Island Theatre satirizes such efforts by pushing this presentation to sublimely ridiculous heights.