Most people, whether fans of Shakespeare or not, are familiar with this renowned opening line of the soliloquy presented by a distraught Hamlet reckoning the meaning of life. Its delivery by actor Justin Adams of The Acting Company at last night’s rendition of the play had the audience members on the edge of their seats.

In all, it’s no surprise the cast of Hamlet received a standing ovation after its performance on the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Main Stage in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. The applause can be attributed as much to their stellar acting as to an audience showing appreciation that national-caliber thespians make Lehigh Valley home for nearly two months each summer.

The fact is, area residents seeking a taste of Broadway don’t need to leave the region to attend The PSF. And for the first time in its 20-year history, PSF is offering alternating plays with the same cast in the same theater: Hamlet and Pride and Prejudice will play in repertory through August 7 in addition to several other plays, including children’s performances.

Savoring this annual cultural experience involves less than an hour’s drive from many areas of metro Philadelphia and New Jersey. Single tickets, subscriptions and packages are available at pashakespeare.org and by contacting the Box Office at 610-282-WILL (9455). Otherwise, it’s really up to you to determine whether “to be, or not to be...” or “lose the name of action.”

This post was written by Lehigh Valley Insite guest blogger Christine Barnowsky

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