I Hate Hamlet on stage in Bonita

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The Center for Performing Arts presents I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick on stage July 18 – 21 in Bonita Springs.
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.
Performances of I Hate Hamlet will be held July 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and July 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts – Moe Auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs.
For tickets and information, call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org


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