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Buntport is back ... and this time, they've brought Teddy Ruxpin

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Clues as to how the Buntport Performance Group expects to pull off a production of Hamlet with only three cast members can be found in its list of props: a sock, a goldfish and a Teddy Ruxpin doll.

No, Teddy Ruxpin won't be wearing socks and talking about his goldfish. That's ludicrous. Here's a hint: The goldfish is actually playing the part of Ophelia. (Changes your image of her floating on a bed of flowers. in a shallow stream, eh?)

That's right: The props are actors. Something's Rotten will be unlike any version of Hamlet ever performed at Theatreworks, or, probably, anywhere else.

The plot goes something like this: A fellow named Julius loses his sock at a Laundromat in Austin, Texas. The sock returns years later in the form of a ghost and tells him to put on a production of Hamlet. Julius enlists the help of his friends Harold and narcoleptic George. Inspired by the sock, they do their best to successfully put on the play. "They're just really into what they're doing, and it is very strange," says Evan Weissman of Buntport.

Funny, because the same could be said of Buntport itself. "I helped write [Something's Rotten], produce it, direct it, make props. We all do that," says Weissman. "It's basically collaborative. There's no specific writer or director."

Very strange, indeed.

Frances Gomeztagle

CAPSULE

Something's Rotten

Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive

Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 22; Thursday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 29

Tickets: $12-22; call 262-3232 or visit theatreworks.com for times and tickets.

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