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Spirited version of 'I Hate Hamlet' at 2nd Star

Spirited version of 'I Hate Hamlet' at 2nd Star

Paul Rudnick's 1991 comedic drama "I Hate Hamlet" is a case of art imitating life: The playwright's recounting his time living in an apartment that was once home to famed actor John Barrymore.

Now receiving sterling treatment in 2nd Star's production at Bowie Playhouse, the story is a tale of two actors and the relationship they form — popular young television actor Andrew Rally, who is considering playing Hamlet, and long-dead stage and screen legend Barrymore, whose rambunctious ghost guides Andrew in the role.

Upon entering Bowie Playhouse, audiences enter Barrymore's elegant apartment, conceived by 2nd Star founder and president Jane Wingard.

Wingard offers...