Hamlet

When: Jan. 24-26, 7-9:30 p.m. 2011

People say that The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet, but I'm not seeing it. Sure, Scar does the old toss-the-dad-lion-into-a-herd-of-dusty-wildebeest shtick, like the scene in the play's Act 1. Then there's the wild cavorting done by Simba and Nala while the classic "Is Your Cat in Heat Tonight" swoons in the background, much like Act 2, Scene 3. But there's a serious lack of poisoned blades and Oedipal desire. So for the real thing, grab $13 and hit UCCS' Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, theatreworkscs.org) at 7 tonight, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday, and enjoy a live broadcast of the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain getting its tragedy on. — Bryce Crawford

Price: $5-$30

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