Curtain Up

“The costumes are contemporary (Hamlet, as is usual, wears funereal black, Claudius and Gertrude and their court are decked out in silvery gray in what could be the 1940s or 1950s.) In her stiff upsweep and Elizabeth Hope Clancy's equally stiff, stylized silver outfits, she's one of the coldest Gertrudes I've ever seen. She does literally let her hair down in the big confrontation scene with Hamlet, but the iceberg queen image never quite disappears, even when she realizes that she's been poisoned.”

- Elyse Sommer,

Stage and Cinema

This Denmark is a rigid, chilly environment, visible in the monotone silver and black of Elizabeth Hope Clancy’s costumes and Marcus Doshi’s grid-like lighting design, both of which take literally the line, 'Denmark’s a prison.' The grid shudders and scrambles when confronted with any disruptive element, whether it is the ominous ghost of Hamlet’s father or the seemingly innocuous traveling players. These players are transgressive, wearing bright colors, turning rank and gender upside down, and daring to experience the emotions which everyone else seems to find dangerous.”

- Arielle Lipshaw,