Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Runs at 6th St. Playhouse through June 3, 2018
Called “an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays,” The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) aims to condense all of Shakespeare’s canon, including some sonnets, into a brief theatrical experience, having a bit of hilarity along the way. Three actors provide all the characters and synopses and a few lines of actual Shakespearean dialogue, mixed with audience interaction and a lot of bawdiness. Written by three members of the original Reduced Shakespeare Company, Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, the play has seen successful runs all over the U.S. and the U.K. and in countless regional and collegiate theaters. 6th Street Playhouse tackles it in a production that really should be funnier, given the talented cast and director Jared Sakren’s credentials.
Actors Nick Mandracchia, Zac Schuman and Erik Weiss give tremendous energy and zeal to their performances, summoning a tongue-in-cheek delivery for this wacky script. The text encourages the performers to ad-lib and add contemporary cultural references, as well as relate directly to the audience, and it’s clear they’ve liberally “dosed” the script with local color and added remarks. These are fun when they aren’t too snide. …
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