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I Hate Hamlet – March 2009

By Paul Rudnick

Directed by James Hough Neilson

Paul Rudnick’s 1991 dramatic comedy revolves around a discontented TV actor, Andrew Rally, who has just arrived at his new apartment in New York City. Rally, a native of Los Angeles, is more than a little put off by the Gothic trappings of the old brownstone. The fact that the apartment once belonged to the legendary actor, John Barrymore, does little to dissipate Rally’s reservations. He is doubly disturbed, as he is soon to perform the difficult part of Hamlet, the role made famous by Barrymore – and he is to do it on stage, away from the glitter of Hollywood. Doubts about his ability to play the classics begin to arise and he desperately needs assistance. And assistance arrives from an unexpected quarter

This is an affectionately amusing, sometimes silly, and often hilarious comedy about the fickle nature of art and celebrity, with some interesting observations about the stage, the acting profession and life in the spotlight.


Courtney Nyhuis as Felicia Dantine
Andrew Symes as Andrew Rally
Emma Shaw as Deidre McDavey
Susan Marsh as Lillian Troy
Michael Hodgen as John Barrymore
Tim Fraser as Gary Peter Lefkowitz