Bay Area Stage Productions presents I Hate Hamlet, a classic family comedy requiring no prior knowledge of Shakespeare.
Written by Paul Rudnick, the plot of the play revolves around Andrew Rally, a television actor whose series has just been canceled. Andrew moves to New York to perform the title role in Hamlet - a role he doesn't like or want to play - but is, for obvious reasons, performing only at the urging of his 29-year-old virginal girlfriend, Deirdre. A flaky real estate agent claiming to have psychic powers talks Andrew into renting an apartment that once belonged to the (long-dead) iconic star of stage and screen, and one of the most acclaimed Hamlets of his generation, John Barrymore. Needless to say, an impromptu séance seems to vent forth the ghost of John Barrymore himself, who comes to make sure that Andrew does perform the role of Hamlet.
The plot also involves Andrew's eccentric (and chain-smoking) agent; his determinedly virginal girlfriend; and an ultra-California producer type who wants to see Andrew take the easy television and run instead of striving for 'art' in New York.
When you add in swordplay, three love stories, Barrymore's infamous lechery, and a host of complications, the result is a swash-buckling funfest for the entire family!