What Did Critics Think of Oscar Isaac as Hamlet at the Public Theater?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Oscar Isaac as Hamlet at the Public Theater? Tony winner Sam Gold directs the Off-Broadway production that also stars Keegan-Michael Key and Gayle Rankin.
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Peter Friedman and Oscar Isaac Carol Rosegg

The Public Theater’s Hamlet, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, opened July 13 in the Anspacher Theater downtown. Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac stars in the title role, alongside Keegan-Michael Key as Horatio, Roberta Colindrez as Rosencrantz, Gayle Rankin as Ophelia, Peter Friedman as Polonius, Matthew Saldívar as Guildenstern, Ritchie Coster as Claudius, Charlayne Woodard as Gertrude, and Anatol Yusef as Laertes.

Read critics’ reviews below. Check back for updates.

Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

Washington Post (Peter Marks)

Performances are scheduled to play through September 3.

Flip through production photos below:

“Oscar Isaac starred in the first show I produced at the Delacorte, Two Gents in the summer of 2005. His Romeo two years later was more proof of his brilliance,” commented artistic director Oskar Eustis in an earlier press statement. “Sam Gold’s production of Fun Home was one of the most extraordinary directorial feats I’ve ever produced. The prospect of the two of them collaborating on what is arguably the greatest play ever written is joyous.”

The production features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Bray Poor, and musical direction, composition, and performance by cellist Ernst Reijseger.

Tickets and more information can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

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