When young college English majors are looking for a brooding, introspective, poetic prince, we fall a little bit in love with Hamlet. But by the time we hit 29--and have worked through a string of emotionally unavailable, singularly focused, potentially homicidal men--we realize why Ophelia killed herself. Though we haven't given up on Hamlet yet: Perhaps it's not the great Dane who deserves our affection, but the small mutts scurrying in the background of the play--Hamlet's "friends" Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Tom Stoppard's hilarious meta-play,Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
, focuses on the existential quandaries of these minor characters. Adhering to Stoppard's quote that "every exit [is] an entrance somewhere else," the Dallas Hub Theater, 2809 Canton St., is staging simultaneous productions (one cast, two stages) of both the Shakespearean classic andRosencrantz and Guildenstern
beginning Friday. Call 214-749-7010 or visit
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