But Bloedel also said he worked hard to maintain the play’s sly and sardonic humor. For instance, Bloedel retained the gravedigger scene in which two commoners jest about Ophelia’s drowning while also synthesizing important themes of the play.
“With this cast, we have some moments of all-out laughter,” said Bloedel, who uniformly praised his cast and crew for their commitment to a production that demands excellence because of its familiarity to the audience. “It’s going to be a really good show. We’ve got strong actors across the board.”