To witness such brilliance, complexity, and movement in the Hamlet (solo) performance by Raoul Bhaneja is a must. I had the privilege of attending with a group of students this afternoon and am tempted to see the performance again. The whole of it is a piece of dramatic art to the fullest.
The actor uses nothing but his body to perform about 25 characters. Oh! The characters! He flows from one to the next without a blunder; his mastery of movement and voice make it easy for the audience to know who is speaking. No props, no costumes, no special effects. He uses every square inch of the stage and more, he uses every muscle in his face, and he uses every position humanly possible. From whispers to shouts that would wake the dead, the whole beauty of the play comes alive in the first instant and keeps you mesmerized until the end.
So, are you questioning whether to go, or not to go? Please, do yourself a favour, and get your tush in one of the cushy seats. That kind of performance deserves a full house.
Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14, Yukon Arts Centre, 8pm.
January 15, Haines Junction