Theater: Katt's Ploy


by Tom Stoppard

Having utilized Shakespeare to resonant effect in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard now offers playgoers the flippest of flip sides. In Dogg's Hamlet, the first of two interrelated playlets, Stoppard telescopes tag lines and famous scenes to distill the doings of the broody Dane into a dizzying quarter-hour of comic relief. Then he caps it off with an even dizzier reprise, a 204-word two-minute version. In the larger version, Hamlet gets as far as "To be, or not to be . . ." when Ophelia...

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