To be or not to be, that is the question. To be a great actor or not to be a great actor that is. This is in fact the question that many young actors have to face at some time or another. Is it nobler in the mind to be an underpaid stage actor who pours his blood, sweat and tears into every performance and goes home with the simple pride of just being a great actor? Or to be a millionaire, pretty-boy, Hollywood dope, that couldnâ€™t act his way out of a parking ticket? Thus conscience does make us cowards of us all. This is the question that the character Andrew Rally has to ask himself in the play I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick. Rudnick did a fine job of blending Hamletâ€™s internal conflict with himself about committing suicide, and Andrew Rallyâ€™s internal conflict about playing the part of Hamlet. This play may be so appealing to the audience because its satirical style makes it easy to relate to, especially if you are, or are trying to become an actor. When analyzed more closely, one can see how the two plays relate to each other instead of just being Rudnick making a satire on the work of the most prolific and gifted playwrights in history. Through his satirical style, Rudnick also includes many of the same ideas as Shakespeare used in Hamlet. Shakespeare influenced Rudnick to write a satire that makes fun of his work but at the same time influenced him in that Rudnick actually used his ideas. Even though the story differs in that Rudnickâ€™s is a comedy that ends well and Shakespeareâ€™s is a tragedy that ends bad, it is still safe to say that Rudnick was greatly influenced by Shakespeare or else he wouldnâ€™t have wrote a play devoted to one of the most famous tragedies in the history of literature.
Andrew Rally is a struggling actor, who feels what many actors feel about Hamlet. He hates Hamlet. He hates the very essence of Hamlet, the idea of iambic-pentameter, and the long, dramatic monologues that are to be acted out.