Elsinore County is a modern, joke-filled riff on Hamlet, in this Off-Broadway play about love, greed, betrayal, scandal, sex, power and politics. It opens tomorrow, June 24th, with performances through July 3rd, and tickets are just $19.25.
In this version of the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet is sweet and a bit dorky. Claudius is outrageously dumb, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude could be one of those self-absorbed reality show TV “housewives”, and Hamlet’s buddies Bernardo, Marcellus and Horatio are straight out of West Side Story. The jokes are current – instead of “Alas, poor Yorrick”, when Hamlet finds a skull, the joke is about James Franco. Instead of the classic “To be, or not to be” soliloquy, it’s a short question about whether or not to visit a certain woman in room 2B.
I saw the show in previews and won’t give away the rest, but it’s a talented cast of your actors. Get thee to Elsinore County, at the Lion Theater at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd St.