Steve Miller, the director of Texas Repertory Theatre's production of I Hate Hamlet, says the 1990 farce has the "perfect recipe for some wonderful theatricality to happen onstage." The backstage story follows Andrew Rally, an actor who takes the job of playing Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park after his TV show gets canceled. When he and his agent decide to conjure the ghost of John Barrymore to get some help, Rally's life gets very complicated. According to Miller, in the original Broadway production of the show, the actor playing Barrymore "went a little too far" in his preparation for the role. During a fencing scene in the play, he actually started to fence with the poor actor playing Rally, who promptly left the stage, never to return. But don't expect that sort of drama from Texas Repertory's more professional and restrained actors. See I Hate Hamlet 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through February 21. 14243 Stuebner Airline. For information, call 281-583-7573 or visit www.texreptheatre.org. $35 to $45.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 4. Continues through Feb. 21, 2010