The lady doth protest too much

Suzanne CadaDowntown, Our Town Arts

Theatre Knoxville Downtown presents the comedy “I Hate Hamlet,” opening Friday, April 1, and running through April 17.

A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates “Hamlet.”

His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays. General admission tickets are $20, and attendees are requested to wear masks. Theatre Knoxville Downtown is located at 800 S. Central Street. For more information or to purchase tickets go here or call 865-544-1999.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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