Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and in the wrong hands can really feel like it, despite the soaring poetry and intriguing murder mystery. 7 Stages presents a pared-down take on the melancholy Dane with playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes' THE DAY OF MURDERS IN THE HISTORY OF HAMLET, which narrows the focus to Hamlet, his mother Gertrude, his usurping uncle Claudius and his would-be lover Ophelia. Part of 7 Stages' ongoing U.S. Koltes project, the play features Joey Boren, Kate Moran, Isma'il ibn Conner and Anna Simonton, under the direction of Thierry de Peretti. Through April 25. $10-$25. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org.