It is with a sense of understandable expectation that the final Guthrie show on Vineland Place happens to be the greatest play ever written (and also the same show that opened the theater in 1963). While that anticipation is naturally difficult to live up to, this production of Hamlet does not come close. Leading director Joe Dowling's cast in the title role is the youngster Santino Fontana, and his work is credible if not exceptional. He ably portrays the prince as youthful, callow, and deeply indecisive--a clever college boy lacking in gravitas. In this fashion, he delivers his character's soliloquies with a soft jazz touch rather than with thundering operatics. The effect is to turn the production's focus toward the exquisite language and multi-textured meanings rather than upon this particular actor. Fair enough, but the supporting cast doesn't pick up the weight. Peter Michael Goetz turns Polonius into an object of broad comic... More >>>