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‘I Hate Hamlet’ Coming to the Aloha Theatre

April 10, 2013, 4:57 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:11 PM
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Shakespeare serves as a springboard to comedy in the Aloha Performing Arts Company’s upcoming stage play “I Hate Hamlet.”

Opening Friday, April 12, “I Hate Hamlet,” written by Paul Rudnick, follows the misadventures of successful television actor Andrew Rally as he grapples with the decision over whether to take on the iconic role of “Hamlet” in a theater production.

The play is set in the late screen and stage legend John Barrymore’s old New York City apartment, and features Barrymore’s ghost (clothed as none other than Hamlet) returning to earth in order to convince Rally to play the part of a lifetime.

Rally’s frustratingly chaste girlfriend Deidre also features prominently. Deidre dearly loves all things Hamlet, while the actor himself is tempted to pursue a lucrative television offer.

Actor John Barrymore in the definitive portrayal of "Hamlet" in 1922.

Actor John Barrymore in the definitive portrayal of “Hamlet” in 1922.

Victor Pisauro guest-directs the production, with Steven Orton starring as Andrew Rally. Rally’s girlfriend is played by Roxanne Fox, while William LeBus takes on the role of the ghostly John Barrymore.

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“I Hate Hamlet” will be performed at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu April 12-28. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

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Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 for seniors and young adults, and $10 for those under age 18.

For tickets call (808) 322-9924 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit the theater website at AlohaTheatre.com.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the theater box office one hour before show time.

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