I’ve been waiting my whole life for Theatre of WAR’s production of Hamlet, running through May 19 at the 133rd Street Arts Center in NYC.

Too often, staged productions of Shakespeare’s plays seem like undigested chunks of Shakespeare, as if this most human and vital of playwrights is “good” only when the plays feel hard to understand.  But Shakespeare is not difficult.  Complex, thrilling, incomparable, yes, but not inaccessible.  Under director Cassaundra Post’s sure and brilliant hand, Theatre of WAR’s gorgeous, incendiary Hamlet feels like a play just written, like the ink is still wet.  All of the masterful actors bring to life thinking, changing, present human beings, and the language of the story rings as clear as bright water.