Last Sunday I went to the Dietrich Theater’s premiere screening of National Theatre Live’s “Hamlet.”
I went because: A, I think Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the best young actors around; B, I can’t get over the experience of seeing London quality theatre at my home town theater and C, “Hamlet” is my favorite play of Shakespeare’s.
Before going to this production of “Hamlet,” I saw the play at least four times, done in a variety of ways. I thought all the performances I had seen were good, but this performance was phenomenal. It was so powerful and so very accessible. I must admit, I sometimes have trouble understanding parts of the Great Bard’s work because of the old form of English his plays are written in. But somehow, the cast in this production perfectly conveyed the story, making the viewer understand the emotions of each character, from Queen Gertrude, to Ophelia to King Claudius to Hamlet. Especially Hamlet.
I think Variety magazine’s review of Cumberbatch in the title role best describes how I feel about his performance:
“He’s a living, breathing identity crisis, scholarly one moment, silly the next and always, always self-absorbed. It’s often said that no one actor can hit all of Hamlet’s contradictions. For Cumberbatch it’s a juggling act, one trail at a time, not Hamlet as a whole. Cumberbatch is composite.”
The Dietrich will screen National Theatre Live’s “Hamlet” again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Do check it out. It is worth your time. Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 and will be available at the door as long as they last.
The Dietrich will also offer a couple of quick art workshops this month for busy adults who may want to get their creative juices flowing, learn something new and gather with friends. At 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 13, Steve and Amy Colley will offer another one of their popular Fine Wine, Fine Art workshops. During these two-hour sessions, they will show painting techniques as participants create their own masterpieces. Along the way attendees will learn about a famous artist and one of their pieces of work and enjoy a social time with friends or make new friends.
The class is $25 and includes a canvas, supplies and instructions. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack to share and a favorite wine (not everyone brings wine). Space is limited. Participants must be 21 or older. Call the Dietrich to sign up.
We will also offer a Fine Art Coloring Workshop this month. “What is that?” you may be asking. Adult coloring is currently a trend. In fact, six of the top selling books on Amazon are coloring books for adults. Apparently, coloring is a great way for adults to relieve stress. Anyway, a local artist and friend of the Dietrich Jennifer Kozlansky (She designed the Dietrich’s logo for us!) developed a simply gorgeous Art Nouveau Fine Art Coloring book and will offer a workshop to teach adults and students ages 12 and up about color composition and blending techniques when coloring. She will also share how she created the coloring book and all participants will receive a signed copy. Community members are welcome to attend one of these workshops at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 or 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Admission is $15 and includes a coloring book.
Gather up your friends or family and enjoy an afternoon full of relaxing, coloring and fun. Bring your favorite pencils or markers (you can borrow ours too) and a favorite snack. Cold and hot drinks will be provided. Call the theater for more information or to sign up.
As you can see, the Dietrich is more than the movies!
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