I Hate Hamlet

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Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with...
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Overview

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Times
...unapologetically silly and at times hilarious...affectionately amusing about the theatre...
Village Voice
...fast-mouthed and funny...It has the old-fashioned Broadway virtues of brightness without pretensions and sentimentality without morals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822205463
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 75
  • Sales rank: 259,525
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    Very entertaining

    I had the opportunity to be IN this play, so I know the story quite well. It is well written, I love the humour... some very dry, some slap stick fun. Even the lesser characters have a lot of fun, and get a lot of the laughs for the show. I was impressed by the author's knowledge of John Barrymore and how well he created the story around the 'real man.' If you ever have the opportunity to either see the play, or be in the play, take it. No matter what character you get, you're sure to enjoy it. I know I did mine :) (Lillian Troy)

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