Stage Door: Gertrude The Cry

July 18, 2014 2:54 AM

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Stage Door: Gertrude The Cry

Shakespeare's Hamlet has inspired many variations - the latest is Howard Barker's Gertrude: The Cry, part of the Potomac Theatre Project at the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company.

Barker has used the backdrop of Hamlet -- the affair between his mother, Queen Gertrude (Pamela J. Gray), and uncle Claudius (Robert Emmet Lunney), to explain the story's deadly consequences. The overarching thrust is Gertrude's carnality; the sexual desire between her and Claudius is so intense, it...

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