Published on March 7th, 2015 | by Greg0
A Wilder Hamlet: Annie’s Shakespeare Shakedown
Starting tonight and running for six weekends, we’re excited to check out one of the best parts about living in New York City- cutting-edge interactive theater. Broadway musicals are wonderful, and there are plenty of independent shows well worth seeing. But some of our favorite pieces are those that are utterly unpredictable, that involve a bit more spectacle and are much more engaging. When we last checked out Annie’s Shakespeare Shakedown, almost two years ago, they were performing an intriguing take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Now they’ve returned, and are bringing the fun to Manhattan with Hamlet, now showing Friday nights at 6:30PM at Solas, in the East Village at 232 East 9th Street. But this isn’t the traditional old play that you know- “it’s two months after the death of King Hamlet, and the country is ready for a new King. You are cordially invited to the Celebration of the Grand Coronation of the New King Claudius… But something is rotten in the state of Denmark and hidden in the winds of change are whispers of treachery, deceit, and bloody murder. Join us for a night of revelry, and help the young Princess Hamlet unravel the mystery of her father’s death. Immerse yourself as actors spin wildly through the party, blending Shakespeare’s poetry with improvisational interactions — soliciting advice, inciting mischief and even inviting you to play along. Pay tribute to King Claudius. Have a drink with Horatio. Listen to Ophelia’s songs. Get advice from Polonius. Steal a dance with the Gravedigger. Come to castle Elsinore and become a part of the show!”
They’ve even created a new type of loyalty program, and the third time is a charm. If you visit the show twice and then come back again, you get the VIP treatment. Come three times as a VIP and you don’t just get sort of special thanks- you get to have a permanent character in the Hamlet universe.
Costumes are welcome but not required, and tickets cost $40- unless you want to skip straight to a VIP experience, in which case you can pick up one of the limited $90 tickets.