Many great actors have tackled the coveted role of Hamlet from Kenneth Branagh to Jude Law and everyone in between but did you know the one actor you've been holding out for in the coveted role was Gary Busey? Yes, you read that correctly. Gary Busey. Once upon a time Gary Busey was a real actor. Now he's a parody of his former self. As a former Academy Award nominee, Today's Gary Busey has turned into a former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant with a knack for the crazy and his infamous Busey-isms, you know when Gary Busey takes a word and spells it out giving each letter a word that then reveals the Gary Busey definition of the said word. As the epitome of what a Fringe show should be, the title says it all: Gary Busey's One Man Hamlet (as performed by David Carl).
Director Michole Biancosino guides Carl with great ease. Biancosino knows how to give each Busey bit a different direction, rarely ever leaving too much unfunny air. Lighting designer Derek Wright does a phenomenal job bringing variety to the space. The video design by Carl and Jeanette Sears is hilarious with the added bonus of seeing Carl’s painted Buseyisms. The fight sequence is one of the greatest moments of the show.
The title alone is a reason to be intrigued. You should be fearful before entering Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet (as performed by David Carl). But when the show concludes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how brilliant Carl’s performance is.