Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl

Theatre (comedy, absurdist)

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  • Venue 13 - Venue 13
  • 14:35
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: CalArts Festival Theater
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Ophelia won’t get out of the kiddie pool. Ham is talking to the blender. Gertrude has married her husband’s brother. Claude can’t stop eating and she’s starting to notice. Paul is full of good ideas, but dammit, he keeps forgetting them. Something is moving under the manicured suburban lawn and a summer storm is brewing that no one but a fish could weather. This darkly comic reimagining of Hamlet begs the question: is she turning into a fish or did she just swim away?

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Cameron Chalmers 55 days ago

This was perhaps my favourite show I saw at the Fringe this year. I loved the writing and the world that the production created. For me the surreal nature of the piece was pitched perfectly as it never felt overindulgent or alienating from the main plot. I really loved the strong imagery and was never quite sure what was going to happen next, despite my familiarity with Hamlet. I also felt that the acting was great and appropriately slightly heightened to compliment the absurd atmosphere and highlight the satire of small town America. I also felt that it was wonderfully paced with no scene being too long or to short. This is quirky theatre done right!

My Rating: 4.5 / 5

Tom Foster 67 days ago

This was a really interesting take on Hamlet and the performances are great, really worth a watch even if you are not a fan of Shakespeare!

Rosa 70 days ago

Very strange work that I found to be quite funny at times. I saw a few connections made to Hamlet that I had never thought of before, and that was wonderful. However, most of the time I felt kind of bored and a little confused. And I really don't understand the purpose of the dolphin or what the tidal wave represents. A decent show that I wouldn't really recommend spending money on, but it may be worth a watch for some.

Gabrielle 70 days ago

DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!!! It is one of the best works at the Fringe. It’s a tight, laugh out loud funny, incredibly smart show. Mention must be made for the performers playing Ophelia and Gert. They are phenomenal actors and their scene together is my favorite part of the play.

IAIN 71 days ago

I have no idea what I just watched

That was uncomfortable

Brian Felsen 72 days ago

Holy moly, this is the best show I've seen at the Fringe so far. Whether you know Hamlet inside and out or not, it's an experience that lands correctly and resonates. It's such a rare - I can't think of any other, actually - theatrical experience that blends high and low art, fine literature and kitsch, and Americana and Shakespeare. More than an updating or metanarrative - this is absurdist humor which is oddly comprehensible, full of resonances with today's political and sexual climate. A fine and fully committed cast too, and they cleverly make the best possible use of limited materials in a black box theater. Seriously worth it.

Caitlin 72 days ago

A Shakespeare adaptation I can get behind. Which maybe is because it’s less adaptation and more Hamlet tornado with characters and themes and events all tossed in. The fake plastic backyard set made me think of my childhood (in Michigan) but warped and creepy. The acting is great, actors all committed and funny. If the dialogue is a little vague in its weirdness sometimes, it’s better than an adaptation laying on thick themes and morals. Definitely recommend. Just don’t expect Shakespeare.

Stephen 73 days ago

Unfortunately, this show does not work.

Absurdist certainly does not mean nonsensical... It felt like sitting through an hour of empty performance, maybe even longer. How was this a comic retelling? As someone vaguely familiar with Hamlet, this was simply not funny and so weirdly off putting.

Perhaps there is a deeper meaning Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl is trying to communicate. If there is, it is lost amongst the excessive amount of eccentric writing and over the top acting.

The show seems too focused on trying to create its own "funky" style that it missed the mark everywhere else.

WAYNE GOLBY 74 days ago

Again we all thoroughly enjoyed this production from the Calarts group. We had water, badminton, murder, awkward family relationships, inflatable swimming pool. dolphin and of course a tsunami, all in 60 minutes of fun and laughter. Check out this crazy take on Hamlet and you won’t stop laughing.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 70 days ago

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl is one of four plays presented by CalArts at venue 13 this year and is steeped in their tradition of producing original material that stretches the imagination and provides often quirky theatre.It’s a take on Hamlet but one that is very well...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 71 days ago

A light-hearted adaption of Hamlet set in a backyard in summer in the American Midwest where Ophelia is a pseudo-fish. Expect multiple colourful inflatables and a tone comparable to if the cast of Modern Famil...

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