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Ophelia
A modern Ophelia as seen by Antonia Tancredi
by Mario Fratti (Award winning author and critic)


Ophelia is a very  interesting, ambitious, original musical which is  written by Antonia Tancredi( book and lyrics) and Jeffrey
Weissman(music).

Ophelia, the character of the well-known Hamlet, in this musical (portrayed
cleverly by Lynette Knapp), is now the tormented protagonist. Here, she is the
one who takes the initiative, decides, and displays the courage of a new woman who is no longer passive .

After Hamlet(Chan Harris) makes a commitment to Ophelia, she defies her tough, jealous father Polonius(Steve Steiner), who at
first defends the purity of his daughter, but then pushes her toward Hamlet, to become Queen, when it appears that he will inherit
the throne.The beautiful Gertrude(Cherilyn Bacon) the antagonist, tries to prove that Ophelia is now Hamlet's sister, through twists
and turns in the plot. Kathleen (Alyson Reim) is Polonius's wife, but denies being the mother of Ophelia.

The lyrics are intelligent, poetical, and evocative. The text in contrast, is written inprose form, and at times  Polonius seems too
modern and hateful. The music by Jeffrey Weissman is excellent and memorable. This is a promising collaboration.(Wings Theatre,
154 Christopher Street.)


This review appeared in Oggi .4/25/01 and was translated for us by Mario Fratti.
Ophelia is a very  interesting, ambitious, original musical which is  written by Antonia Tancredi( book and lyrics) and Jeffrey
Weissman(music).

Ophelia, the character of the well-known Hamlet, in this musical (portrayed
cleverly by Lynette Knapp), is now the tormented protagonist. Here, she is the
one who takes the initiative, decides, and displays the courage of a new woman who is no longer passive .
The lyrics are intelligent, poetical, and evocative. The text in contrast, is written inprose form, and at times  Polonius seems too
modern and hateful. The music by Jeffrey Weissman is excellent and memorable. This is a promising collaboration.(Wings Theatre,
154 Christopher Street.)
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