Archive for February, 2006


Indoor/Outdoor is Five Star Fun

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One of the greatest attributes of Trinity Repertory Company is that the creative team isn’t afraid to mix things up a bit. As their brilliant rendition ofHamlet comes to a close, Trinity Rep presents something completed different from traditional Shakespeare-Indoor/Outdoor, a hilarious and touching comedy written by relative newcomer Kenny Finkle. It is important to note that whileIndoor/Outdoor is focused on the life of a very sassy cat, there are, thankfully, no hokey attempts at fake whiskers, tails or litter boxes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Indoor/Outdoor is the clever story of Samantha (Angela Brazil), a housecat struggling between the comforts of home and love versus the excitement of adventure and lust. While waiting in the pound to be adopted by her true love, Samantha finds Shuman (Mauro Hantman)-a stammering and stumbling, but loveable, computer geek. The two immediately hit it off and find comfort in each other.

However, it doesn’t take long for Samantha to question her relationship with Shuman. Like many human vs. human relationships, Samantha notices that her owner doesn’t quite understand her and at times doesn’t seem even remotely interested in trying to figure her out. Plus he has awful morning breath and often leaves the house for hours at a time, without explanation.

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Hamlet Well Worth the Wait

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For the first time this season, Trinity Repertory Company is hosting a truly brilliant production-the theatre’s first performance ofHamlet. Some may wonder why it took so many years to showcase Shakespeare’s most famous play, but is definitely well worth the wait.

Directed by Brian McEleney, Trinity’s rendition of Hamlet is set in the 1930s-a time engulfed in stark class differences that are apparent throughout the performance. The wealthy, who are constantly buzzing around the Hamlet estate, keep the whiskey and good times flowing despite the king’s recent death. The young Hamlet is enraged at the new marriage between his mother, the queen (Cynthia Strickland) and Claudius (Timothy Crowe), his stepfather. In a fun twist to the original tale, Polonius (Janice Duclos) is the woman in charge of all the domestic duties as her daughter Ophelia (Rachael Warren) steals kisses from Hamlet while cleaning house.

Stephen Thorne masterfully leads the cast in the role of the haunted prince Hamlet, who must choose between avenging his father’s death and protecting his own self. Thorne gives an outstanding performance throughout the 2 ½ hour show, but he truly shines as the character’s complexity and madness deepens.

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