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Sam Gold Brings His Touch to ‘Hamlet’


Oscar Isaac will appear in Sam Gold’s “Hamlet.”

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The director Sam Gold has made his name with contemporary plays, and of the two shows he brought to Broadway this spring, only the new one — Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” — caught fire with critics. The other, his bracingly stripped-down revival of “The Glass Menagerie,” was a hard sell — coming too soon, it seemed, after John Tiffany’s stunner of a production. Yet Mr. Gold’s interpretation, which gave us a lovely Laura (Madison Ferris) in a wheelchair, made sense of that play in a way that felt powerfully necessary. It succeeded at the job of every revival: justifying its own existence. Now Mr. Gold, who staged a starry “Othello” Off Broadway last fall, has a “Hamlet” on the horizon. With Oscar Isaac as Hamlet and Charlayne Woodard as Gertrude, it begins previews on Tuesday, June 20, at the Public. What dreams may come? We’ll see. (publictheater.org)

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