Drama-loving Moscow was argumentatively agog last week over a brand new Hamlet. In this Soviet production the Prince of Denmark speaks Shakespeare's lines not in languid introspection but as a robust, royal go-getter intent on just one thing, seizing the Throne.
Ophelia, played as a sensuous husband-hunter bent on getting the go-getter, babbles in Shakespeare's "mad scene" because she has just had a few drinks. She falls into the river and drowns after she has had a few more.
The soliloquy "To be or not to be"...