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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 4946

SHOWING : August 11, 2016 - September 04, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

An irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours! Othello goes Hip-Hop, Titus Andronicus a cooking show, and all the Histories are performed as a football game. All of this performed by THREE ACTORS. It took ASC, with hundreds of actors, 26 years to complete Shakespeare’s works. These three guys will do ’em all in an evening. Show offs.

Contains adult humor & language. Nothing you haven’t heard, said or seen before.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Nicholas Faircloth
Cast Jeremiah Hobbs
Cast Adam Daniel King
Cast Vinnie Mascola
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REVIEWS

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Completely Working
by playgoer
Thursday, August 25, 2016
5.0
No two productions of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" are the same. Given the audience interaction involved, no two performances are the same. But one thing remains immutable -- this is a hilarious show when put in the hands of talented comic performers. That’s certainly the case in the current Shakespeare Tavern production.

In many productions, each of the three actors would be successful in only one of the roles: the leading man type, the reluctant female, or the introducer. With this cast, I could envision any of the actors in any of the roles. Vinnie Mascola doesn’t have leading man looks, but he pulls off Hamlet here. Jeremiah Parker Hobbs doesn’t use much of a falsetto, but he manages to make the female roles funny. Adam King has the charm and projection to be the introducer, as here, but I easily could see him in either of the other two roles.

The standard tavern set is in place, and works quite well, with stairs, balcony, columns, and trap door all used to effect. Anné Carole Butler’s costumes are pretty much run-of-the-mill for the tavern, but Mary Ruth Ralston’s lighting design and the sound design are more ambitious than usually seen. It all adds to the fun.

Nicholas Faircloth has directed the show to have lots of humorous bits and numerous pop culture references (not all of which I got). A spirit of raucous joy permeates the show from start to finish (and encore finish and faster encore finish and backwards encore finish). It may not be Shakespeare pure and simple, but it’s Shakespeare adulterated and simple-minded. And abridged! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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