Opening night: Hamlet
Alas, why didn’t Yorick think of this sooner?
Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.
The timing couldn’t be better, but was it coincidence that Theatre Tulsa and Odeum Theatre Company decided to open Hamlet so close to Halloween and the Day of the Dead holidays? It would be easy enough to ask, but let’s not spoil the mystery. The play about a brooding Danish prince running up and down the stairs of his dead father’s castle is haunting and disturbing as he faces the ghost, calls out his uncle for the king’s murder, tells off his mother for marrying his uncle and sends his would-be girlfriend to her death after killing her father. That Hamlet. This play is also gratifying because it’s the Shakespeare play most familiar to many of us, and, honestly, we sort of like how it makes us feel to “translate” English to English and offer footnotes.
Theatre Tulsa and Odeum presents the play with an adult cast and a youth cast alternating through its Nov. 3 run at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St. Opening night is at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and tickets are $12-$16. Go to tulsapac.com for the show schedule and to purchase tickets.