Gumball Machine Hamlet

Tiny Ninja Theatre

When you enter the theatrical world created by Dov Weinstein, you have to be ready to accept a few things:

● That a jewellery box can be a house
● That a glass of water can be a brook
● That an inch-high plastic ninja can play Hamlet

Shakespeare probably didn’t have a toy in mind for the title role when he penned his vengeful tale. But that was before a frustrated, 20-something actor decided it was time someone performed classical theatre with a cast that can fit in a suitcase.

Tiny Ninja Theatre — now an international touring company — is presenting its latest production at Performance Space 122 (PS122) in Manhattan this month. Hamlet is the third major Shakespeare work the plastic cast has taken on, having already conquered Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet since its debut in 2000. A simple principle guides the troupe: There are no small parts, only small actors.

“They don’t complain, they’re very hard workers, deadpans Mr Weinstein on opening night, 28 October, after shedding the dark shirt and overalls he wears over street clothes for the performance. Sometimes you can push them too hard. But they’ll leave you in the lurch, too…. If I forget a line, they’re not going to cue me, you know? — via BoingBoing

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