Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

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There's no space for soliloquies in this apartment. What happens when three of Shakespeare's most iconic characters move in together? A sexy, bloody, love triangle. A modern spin that breathes life into the curiously subtextual relationships in Shakespeare's Hamlet. From Lucid Dramatics Fringe Vets Katelyn Schiller & Payden Ackerman. Welcoming Kelley Pierre.

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What an exciting idea. To look at the empty interior set of a contemporary hipster apartment and then have Laertes, Hamlet and Ophelia walk into it. Not simply a reimagining of Shakespeare, LLHLO is an imagining of what makes Shakespeare the best, his exploration of universal human truths. Payden Ackerman's Laertes is on point, loyal, with the longing we know is underneath. Kelly Pierre's Ophelia is a 3-dimensional woman and a cautious one at that. Instead of simply seeing Ophelia's raw emotion, we see he much she fights against it. Kaitlyn Schiller's Hamlet is hurt and disillusioned and on a path to darkness. Like sampling a new cuisine, I'm left a bit sated and curious for more. I hope this exploration continues.

sweet - Jonathan Meyers


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Even if not totally familiar with the history of the characters, this play works and is highly entertaining and experimental. The cast is universally strong and nails some pretty tricky emotional scenes. Cleverly written and conceived by the three performers on stage, this is obviously born from a love of theater and the possibilities of bending time and space to create something unique.

Trippy and fun, this is electrifying, emotional theater.

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


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Schiler is thrilling and chilling as the disturbed Hamlet. She can turn on the charm in an instant as, with a haunted look in her eye, she carefully walks the line between charismatic and controlling. As Hamlet, she wields the weapon of manipulation expertly, and is extremely skillful at making sure her emotional needs are the main focus of Laertes and Ophelia's main attention. Ackerman's Laertes is so unwavering in his dedication to Hamlet that it is not hard to guess the secret feelings he's harboring (though the title does give that away). And Pierre's Ophelia, though equally enamored, is not as blinded by her love for him. She finds strength in her ability to see him for what he really is, and blossoms into a woman with her own voice.

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Jim Vejvoda

WHAT I LIKED I especially liked Katelyn Schiller's interpretation of Hamlet. She's got a great stage presence. I also enjoyed the very ‘90s indie movie vibe the whole piece had and appreciated the modern touches and humor. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE Nothing major I can think of. I initially wondered if there was going to be an imbalance among the three main characters (I mean, it is Hamlet, right?) but then the story shifts focus a bit to make sure Laertes and Ophelia also get their due attention. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION I really enjoyed this unconventional take in such well explored material. It made me think of the story of Hamlet in a different way. Very engaging and well acted. Go see it!

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


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Oh how I've missed Shakespeare! The writing was impeccable, the acting brilliant with the actors perfectly cast. Their timing was impressive. The set was appropriate and totally resembled a small apartment. The humor and delivery made for a quick matinee and left me wanting more. I can't help but thinking LA casting directors need to attend more theater in Hollywood to find the next great stars of film or tv ascthus cast had ALL of the talents that often film and tv are missing. An absolute joy on a Sunday afternoon!

sweet - Greg LaVoi


Rob Stevens

The three actors are personable and committed to their roles and their show is a fun substitute for the usual paranoia and high body count found in Hamlet.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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This was a fun and interesting "update" to the traditional Hamlet play. While still including your classic characters and plot, this play explored the layers of the characters of Hamlet, Laertes and Ophelia with a modern lens. It was very interesting and entertaining!

sweet - Denise Barrett


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Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia, takes on that premise and delivers a truly intriguing look at one of the classics... Despite the excellent work of the ensemble, the script itself has left me with a number of questions and I can't decide if that is a bad or a good thing. The one thing that I am absolutely sure about, is that when the lights went down at the end, I wanted a second act. The play was at a natural stopping-point, but I had been pulled into this new telling of a well-known story and I wanted more. ...I highly recommend checking this one out.

sweet - Kat Michels - See It Or Skip It LA - ...read full review


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What if Hamlet, Laertes, and Ophelia were all roommates in a modern day apartment? Then you'd have this clever, well acted dramadey, in which our trio have to deal with the pitfalls of modern life: a stuffed up toilet, losing electric power, etc. along with many of the problems of the original play. The play gets a lot of comedy mileage out of modern day reactions to the plot point of Hamlet as it loosely follows its source material. This may be a bridge too far for Shakespeare purists who are looking for a production of that play set in modern times. This is not that. It is its own beast, that portrays Hamlet as an emotionally manipulative sociopath. That may ring false to some fans of the Bard, but it rings all too true to those of us who have been unfortunate enough to encounter such toxic individuals in real life.

sweet - David Lucarelli


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Even if not totally familiar with the history of the characters, this play works and is highly entertaining and experimental. The cast is universally strong and nails some pretty tricky emotional scenes. Cleverly written and conceived by the three performers on stage, this is obviously born from a love of theater and the possibilities of bending time and space to create something unique.

Trippy and fun, this is electrifying, emotional theater.

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


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Schiler is thrilling and chilling as the disturbed Hamlet. She can turn on the charm in an instant as, with a haunted look in her eye, she carefully walks the line between charismatic and controlling. As Hamlet, she wields the weapon of manipulation expertly, and is extremely skillful at making sure her emotional needs are the main focus of Laertes and Ophelia's main attention. Ackerman's Laertes is so unwavering in his dedication to Hamlet that it is not hard to guess the secret feelings he's harboring (though the title does give that away). And Pierre's Ophelia, though equally enamored, is not as blinded by her love for him. She finds strength in her ability to see him for what he really is, and blossoms into a woman with her own voice.

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

The three actors are personable and committed to their roles and their show is a fun substitute for the usual paranoia and high body count found in Hamlet.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia, takes on that premise and delivers a truly intriguing look at one of the classics... Despite the excellent work of the ensemble, the script itself has left me with a number of questions and I can't decide if that is a bad or a good thing. The one thing that I am absolutely sure about, is that when the lights went down at the end, I wanted a second act. The play was at a natural stopping-point, but I had been pulled into this new telling of a well-known story and I wanted more. ...I highly recommend checking this one out.

sweet - Kat Michels - See It Or Skip It LA - ...read full review


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What an exciting idea. To look at the empty interior set of a contemporary hipster apartment and then have Laertes, Hamlet and Ophelia walk into it. Not simply a reimagining of Shakespeare, LLHLO is an imagining of what makes Shakespeare the best, his exploration of universal human truths. Payden Ackerman's Laertes is on point, loyal, with the longing we know is underneath. Kelly Pierre's Ophelia is a 3-dimensional woman and a cautious one at that. Instead of simply seeing Ophelia's raw emotion, we see he much she fights against it. Kaitlyn Schiller's Hamlet is hurt and disillusioned and on a path to darkness. Like sampling a new cuisine, I'm left a bit sated and curious for more. I hope this exploration continues.

sweet - Jonathan Meyers


Jim Vejvoda

WHAT I LIKED I especially liked Katelyn Schiller's interpretation of Hamlet. She's got a great stage presence. I also enjoyed the very ‘90s indie movie vibe the whole piece had and appreciated the modern touches and humor. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE Nothing major I can think of. I initially wondered if there was going to be an imbalance among the three main characters (I mean, it is Hamlet, right?) but then the story shifts focus a bit to make sure Laertes and Ophelia also get their due attention. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION I really enjoyed this unconventional take in such well explored material. It made me think of the story of Hamlet in a different way. Very engaging and well acted. Go see it!

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


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Oh how I've missed Shakespeare! The writing was impeccable, the acting brilliant with the actors perfectly cast. Their timing was impressive. The set was appropriate and totally resembled a small apartment. The humor and delivery made for a quick matinee and left me wanting more. I can't help but thinking LA casting directors need to attend more theater in Hollywood to find the next great stars of film or tv ascthus cast had ALL of the talents that often film and tv are missing. An absolute joy on a Sunday afternoon!

sweet - Greg LaVoi


Avatar

This was a fun and interesting "update" to the traditional Hamlet play. While still including your classic characters and plot, this play explored the layers of the characters of Hamlet, Laertes and Ophelia with a modern lens. It was very interesting and entertaining!

sweet - Denise Barrett


Avatar

What if Hamlet, Laertes, and Ophelia were all roommates in a modern day apartment? Then you'd have this clever, well acted dramadey, in which our trio have to deal with the pitfalls of modern life: a stuffed up toilet, losing electric power, etc. along with many of the problems of the original play. The play gets a lot of comedy mileage out of modern day reactions to the plot point of Hamlet as it loosely follows its source material. This may be a bridge too far for Shakespeare purists who are looking for a production of that play set in modern times. This is not that. It is its own beast, that portrays Hamlet as an emotionally manipulative sociopath. That may ring false to some fans of the Bard, but it rings all too true to those of us who have been unfortunate enough to encounter such toxic individuals in real life.

sweet - David Lucarelli