Theater: The Zombie Hamlet

The question has often been asked: "What is Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark?" The answer may be found on the stage of Broadway's Lyceum Theater in Ellis Rabb's APA revival. Rabb is the definitive zombie Hamlet, a puppet rather than a mettlesome prince—passionless, prideless and bloodless. So supine is this Hamlet that he lies on the floor of the stage literally for minutes on end, making one wonder if he is in the royal castle at Elsinore or in an opium den.

Everything about the production is peculiarly wrong. The costuming, for example....

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