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A Piece of Death Is Rolling in my Eye Like a Tear

Author(s): Monika Kwaśniewska
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: review; Krzysztof Garbaczewski; Stary Teatr in Cracow; Hamlet

Summary/Abstract: A review of Hamlet directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski (Stary Teatr, Cracow, prem. 13 Jun 2015). Kwaśniewska notes that by cutting and editing, transferring text from character to character, multiplicating the figure of Hamlet and adding plotlines and characters absent from the play, the creators of this staging of Shakespeare's text the flavour of an unpredictable event. Tracing the different strands of the show and referring them to contexts from the interpretative and theatrical tradition of Hamlet suggested in the performance, the author notices that Garbaczewski's principal guide is Stanisław Wyspiański. However, in this reading, inspired by the Hamlet Study, the director lacks precision in naming the themes he regards as crucial. As a result, he leaves Hamlet in a state of chaos – both fascinating and irritating.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 129
  • Page Range: 90-93
  • Page Count: 4