The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged!)
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” shatters any preconceptions about the dryness of Shakespeare by zipping through all 37 of the bard’s plays in 90 minutes, playfully reducing complex plots to their constituent parts. The pared down storytelling simultaneously reveals the archetypal resonances between the works while humorously making light of the prolific playwright’s commonly recycled plot elements such as mistaken identity, dramatic last-act deaths, and tyrannical kings who forced their courts to rhyme in every sentence.
The three actors that constitute the cast engage patrons with high-energy interaction, tearing down the fourth wall with gleeful abandon to talk to audiences and pull showgoers into their madcap scenes. Meanwhile, the outdoor amphitheater of the Arneson River Theater recalls the open-air environs of the Globe Theatre itself, as do the cross-dressing actors and audience members hushing their carrier pigeons.
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