Photograph by Benjamin Wong
MR. MELANCHOLY: Davie Koppel contemplates poor Yorick's skull for Arclight's live-radio-style version of 'Hamlet' on Sunday.
By Michael S. Gant
ORSON WELLES, America's greatest Shakespearean since the Booth radio broadcasts. He knew that the power of a stage show could be channeled successfully into the intimate, one-to-one medium of radio. A few simple effects (shake a mix of metal at a mic—instant thunderstorm) and a mesmerizing voice could conjure up a whole world of characters, and the audience could supply the costumes with its imagination.
This Sunday (Feb. 15), Arclight Repertory Theatre revisits that golden era of broadcasting with a live staging radio-show-style of Hamlet. The production goes all the way, with commercials, interruptions for breaking news and on-the-fly sound effects. Arclight knows its Shakespeare from several seasons of the Shakespeare on the Square Festival. The show is free, starts at 2pm and takes place in the second-floor conference room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library; call 408.722.2628 to reserve a seat.
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