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The Complete History of America (Abridged)
a Comedy
by Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor

COMPANY : Elm Street Cultural Arts Village [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Elm Street Cultural Arts Village [WEBSITE]
ID# 5533

SHOWING : June 28, 2019 - July 07, 2019



“I see this show as about remembering. Remembering the past. Because it’s like that old saying: ‘Those of us who forget the past are doomed to, you know, forget like other things, like your car keys, or even your own phone number.’ So I see this show as like a Post-It note on the refrigerator of America.”

600 years of history in 6000 seconds … history will never be the same! From Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – "The Complete History of America (Abridged) is a roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters — it’s what you’ve done with it!

Director Joshua Lee Robinson
Cast Jim Dailey
Jim Jim Dailey
Cast Kate Johnson
Cast Daniel Sickbert
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Standing Up in a Hammock
by playgoer
Sunday, June 30, 2019
You may want to love "The Complete History of America (Abridged)" in the worst way. After all, the same authors (Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor) tackled William Shakespeare with huge success. Their take on American history is less successful, although equally silly and more musical. Elm Street Cultural Art Village’s production does it justice.

The set is simple. The stage curtains are parted slightly to allow a view to whiteness upstage. Flats on either side of the stage show comic-style illustrations by Siobhan Brumbelow of iconic American moments. For the first act, there’s a prop station and keyboard center stage. For the second act, four folding chairs appear instead. Props, wigs, and costumes come on and go off with wild abandon. Brian Gamel’s lighting enhances the action, with frequent projections on a screen above the playing space and on the television monitors on either side of the stage (also used for pre-show and intermission entertainment).

Director Joshua Robinson has set a frantic pace for the production, and his three actors throw themselves into their roles. They’re all fine vocalists and good musicians, tackling the keyboard (Kate Johnson), the saxophone (Daniel Sickbert), and the harmonica (Jim Dailey). The musical segments are some of the most successful moments of the show.

The script gives the actors general personalities: Kate Johnson is the head honcho, trying to keep things on track; Jim Dailey is the wacky, off-the-wall one; Daniel Sickbert is the straight man, with the most successful impressions. All get their fair share of comedy.

Don’t go to "The Complete History of America (Abridged)" expecting to learn anything. Do expect a Trump segment and off-color humor. Come prepared to get wet if you sit in the first few rows. But most of all, just come expecting to have silly fun. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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