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Sound & Fury's 'Canned Hamlet'
Presented by Sound & Fury


Reviewed: 2006-07-20 03:14:44
Rated: 8 out of 10 [4 Stars]
By: John Chase (

Sound & Fury return to the Winnipeg Fringe to cut up the most famous of the Bard's works in the way that only they can. It's called "Canned Hamlet"; though the show is anything but, as the Fakespearian trio use their adaptive talents and some audience participation to keep it fresh. Indeed, our players are physically and vocally adept performers, with high-energy stage presences that never stop working from the time they greet you in the house right through until the final curtain falls.

The script is written in the unique style you've come to expect. The comedy starts out on the mild side, but grows to full hilarity once the story starts moving along. To their credit, anyone can cut up Shakespeare; not everyone can do it well; and even fewer can get their audience rolling in the isles just over how his tragic characters devise to give the finger. The writing style also sets up some jokes for future use; so do pay attention to what's being said or you may not understand something major that happens later on.

As with any parody, having some knowledge of the source material will boost your enjoyment of the show; but the humour doesn't rely on foreknowledge as heavily as it could. In fact, even if you believe that Shakespeare is a form of combat and Hamlet is a diminutive luncheon spread, you will still find plenty of action, innuendo, and lewd humour in this re-telling -- and I'd say that alone makes it very worth seeing!

John Chase
July 19, 2006

This production is part of the 2006 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
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