Hamlet as a comedy?

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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 couldn'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 Hamlet's internal conflict with himself about committing suicide, and Andrew Rally'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

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