Ham It Up

How do you take your Hamlet? If you were too busy loathing the Bard in high school to just read the damn play, here are the Cliffs Notes: Shakespeare’s “revenge tragedy,” Hamletexemplifies all the necessary elements of the genre, with its doomed, troubled prince meeting his end along with most of the other major characters. Like most melodramas, the tragedy’s ripe for comedy and certainly better for it. Countless renditions have taken the angsty prince, his foils, and the total varsity-douche way he tells his batshit-crazy girlfriend Ophelia to “get thee to a nunnery” after she dumps him to new levels of absurd comedy — and the rambunctious drunks at San Francisco Theater Pub are performing the best ones for one night only. Hamlet and Cheese on Post: Something’s Rotten features staged readings of Richard Curtis’ “Skinhead Hamlet” and Shel Silverstein’s “Hamlet: As Told on the Street,” which he wrote for Playboy in 1998. The show includes original songs by McPuzo and Trotsky, brews, and pop-up BBQ. Silverstein’s lyrics set the tone for tonight: “Hey there, Ham, you gloomy Gus,/ Get up, get down, and party with us.”
Mon., Sept. 17, 8 p.m., 2012

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