And another from the Contra Costa Times.
'Hamlet' darkens upbeat program
By Mary Ellen Hunt
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" has been pared to its essence in Viktor Kabaniaev's "Remembering Hamlet," which Diablo Ballet unveiled Friday and Saturday at its performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Staged as a three-person drama, Kabaniaev's latest work offers an abstract, capsule view of inner turmoil -- a meeting in purgatory of the three lost souls from one of Shakespeare's most oft-cited tragedies.
The arrangement is simple: Three lonely figures, who start out sitting primly on black, coffin-like boxes, dance one by one in expressionist, almost emotional solos.
Lauren Main de Lucia, in a blood-red dress, devours the stage with deep Martha Graham-like stretches. Tina Kay Bohnstedt, in white, ripples as she pours backwards over the edge of her box. And as the central man of inaction, Edward Stegge turns his solo into a continuous throw of momentum with pulses of movement that seem to ripple outward through his limbs.