“A HIT, A VERY PALPABLE HIT!” cries Leo during the Shrewsbury Moose Lodge sword fight of “Hamlet;” an early scene in the Nemasket River Production “Leading Ladies” now at The Alley Theatre, those hits are palpable indeed.
Productions of “Hamlet” are often distinguished by verse speaking or physical design. In this “abridged” version, a part of the current staging of “Leading Ladies,” (a play within a play) this celebrated scene is mixed in with a wide range of Shakespearean soliloquies, and it is the face-off between Hamlet (played by Garrett Olsen) and Lacerates (Eric Henderson) that the Shrewsbury Moose Lodge is watching (with mixed enthusiasm); an audience more interested in the food served AFTER the entertainment!
Lasting no more than four minutes, the duel leaves both the actors and the audience breathless; “A lot of it is about the skill of the swordplay,” said Henderson, who studied staged swordplay at Priscilla Beach Theatre 20 years ago with Geronimo Sands. The play within a play is a set up as a pre-dinner entertainment, an artificial game, which then goes mad.” Especially as the disinterested Moose Lodge members start leaving … much to the chagrin of it’s leading actor. “Don’t you people know what acting is?” Leo hollers to the diminishing audience.
This is just the early stages of this silly, outrageous, tender plot unfolding under the inspired direction of Jess Wilson and the professional staging of Nemasket River Productions.
Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig continues at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro
April 21,22,28,29 at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on April 23rd . Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.
All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000. Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites. You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite (through our website) and at the door.