Breaking news: Hamlet is one of the world's great plays (no matter what T. S. Eliot said—dude was just jealous because his Murder in the Cathedral wasn't fit to wipe the dust from Hamlet's shoes). But finding a good production of Hamlet is hard: actors glide over the lines like they don't understand them, directors shellac over the play's delicate greatness with their "updates" and "concepts." But director John Langs has simply assembled an excellent cast and pointed their minds at the language. The result finds glints of new interpretation in old speeches—when's the last time you saw an actor get an honest laugh as the ghost of Hamlet's father?—and is both illuminating and invigorating. (Seattle Shakespeare Company at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 733-8222, 7:30 pm, $22–$32)

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