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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Stage Review

Paul Giamatti plays Hamlet as antic Everyschlub

NEW HAVEN — If you were casting the title role of “Hamlet,’’ chances are Paul Giamatti would not be your first choice. Or your fifth. Or your fiftieth.

Short, balding, paunchy, 45 but looking older, Giamatti is about as far from the heroically dashing Laurence Olivier model of the melancholy Dane (who is supposed to be a university student, remember) as it is possible to be.

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