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Sound & Fury's Hamlet & Juliet

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In this raunchy, raucous mash-up of two of Shakespeare’s high tragedies, the Sound & Fury vaudevillians deliver some defiantly low comedy.

Making their 10th appearance at Winnipeg’s fringe, Patrick Hercamp, Richard Maritzer and Ryan Adam Wells work in a loosey-goosey quasi-improv style that really pulls in the audience. Each man takes on multiple characters, with Wells standing out as a pervy friar, Maritzer as a comically mopey Hamlet, and Hercamp — who in boy-band terms would be “the Cute One” — as drunken party-girl Juliet.

There is more madness than method to these Fakespearean antics, with the L.A.-based trio basically throwing jokes at the wall and seeing what sticks. Quite a lot does. This is the Bard played to the cheap seats — broad, bawdy and crowd-pleasing. (Though occasionally a bit bro-ish. A roofie joke about Juliet? Really?

— Alison Gillmor

From the Fringe program:

Director: Sound & Fury

Cast: Richard Maritzer, Patrick Hercamp, Ryan Adam Wells

Fringe faves Sound & Fury™ bring an exercise in short-attention-span Fakespearean theatre: their mash-up of two great tragedies into the wildly comic Hamlet & Juliet!

"Shakespeare would be rolling in his grave; I was rolling in the aisles" - RipItUp, Adelaide

"An absolute delight to watch!" - Heckler Magazine

****½ "A tale told by three clever idiots, full of Shakespearian references, signifying everything hilarious" - Adelaide Theatre Guide

**** "Bard mash-up is to die for" - The West Australian

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Warnings: Mild Language

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