Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: HAMLET {solo} at BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theatre

Canadian actor Raoul Bhaneja does a one-man
version of Shakespeare's great tragedy.
Angels and minister of grace defend us, there's something stinky on the sands of Sanibel. Canadian actor Raoul Bhaneja imports a brilliant "Hamlet {solo}" to BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater.

Then, as if the melancholy Dane didn't deliver enough drama, theatre-goers got a second helping Saturday night. Two rude (and apparently bored) patrons whispered (loudly) to each other throughout the first half before standing up and walking out (again, loudly).

Art took that opportunity to imitate life.

Bhaneja, performing the scene in Act II where Hamlet plots with actors to expose a guilty Claudius in the death of his father, seizes the moment. He walks coolly to the row, lolls back in the seat, crosses his legs and lounges. He holds his wrist cocked, as if enjoying a refreshing beverage or an expensive cigar.

He's the picture of bored royalty (Claudius & Gertrude) gamboling on their playground, unaware of the viper (Hamlet) within. He strikes, with perhaps the most fortuitously timed dialogue in all of Shakespeardom.

"That guilty creatures sitting at a play…"

The Bard of Avon himself could not have planned it better. The Old Globe could not have staged it with more style. Bravo.

Now, "Hamlet {solo}" still delivers - even if you don't get a bonus floor show. There's a 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 1. Additional shows are 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater, located at 2200 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Tickets are $35 for adults, $5 for students. Call the BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900, Strauss Theater box office at (239) 472-6862 or

Read the complete review:

Read the preview (from Charles Runnells)
One actor, 17 roles: 'Hamlet' at BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater

Read the full text of "Hamlet" -


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