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Barbecuing Hamlet

Would it be great fun to direct William Shakespeare’s Hamlet? That was what Margo Daley always thought until she is hired by The Peaceful Glen Memorial Players to do just that. It’s called The Peaceful Glen Memorial theater because it’s in a renovated funeral home. They DO have a couple of conditions, however. Margo has to make the play a melodrama, so the audience will know when to throw the popcorn. And they can’t be too loud because the lady who lives under the theater bangs her cane on the stage. Oh, and Margo has to insert the sponsor’s names into the play and, by the way, it has to take place in the Old West. "And make sure the actors talk real loud because of all the noise the audience makes sucking their fingers", states one of the council members, an occupational hazard brought about by them selling barbecue before the show. All the eccentric theater characters come out of the woodwork in this riotous tribute to life on the community theater stage. Even the pizza delivery boy is given parts - several since Margo only has 4 actors to portray the five act tragedy. Fast lines and even faster exits punctuate this farce as Margo and her troupe of unwilling actors find out what it’s like when they begin Barbecuing Hamlet.

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Published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

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