Saturday, May 18, 2024


“Hamlet” has been around since about 1603, and on Jan. 4 it’s finally time for “Hamlet’s Last Stand.”

This version of Shakespeare’s play unites – or at least alternates – tragedy and comedy by introducing a timeless work of the English language to the timely art of stand-up comedy. This production faithfully recreates eight scenes from Shakespeare’s tale of deception, revenge and death, then follows each scene with a set of stand-up comedy from one of the actors.

“It’s a legendary story told like never before,” said Marc Basch, the director.

The show is hosted by John Paul Rivera, and includes such comic actors as Nick Ortolani as Hamlet, Andrew Mayer as Guildenstern, Kirsten Sims as Gertrude, Basch himself as Claudius and the legendary Tony V (most recently seen in “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy) as the character Shakespeare forgot: Dr. Se Offendendo.

Tony V will be performing both standup and Shakespeare, Basch said.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and the show starts at 8 p.m. at the Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.