‘I Hate Hamlet’ at the Bickford in Morristown

Delaney, left, fights with Andrew Rein as an actor reluctant to play Hamlet in a scene from the play. / Warren Westura for the Bickford Theatre

Playwright Paul Rudnick grew up in Piscataway, where he no doubt developed the sharp-tongue Jersey humor that spices up his scripts. So it’s always nice when his work is revived in the Garden State, especially his most popular comedy, “I Hate Hamlet,” which is earning plenty of laughs at the Bickford Theatre.

But look beyond the bounty of humor and there’s also a touching story of regret and redemption. Director Eric Hafen, wrapping his ninth season at the Bickford, undersold “I Hate Hamlet” in his opening night remarks, labeling it as just plain “fun.” Hafen, though, made sure his actors dug for the surprising depth of Rudnick’s comedy and brought it to the surface.

Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township
Through May 22
$40; $36 seniors; $33 museum and guild members;
$20 students (age 18 and younger or with
valid college ID)
973-971-3706; www.bickfordtheatre.org

Read more about ‘I Hate Hamlet’ at the Bickford Theater from the Daily Record.

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