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The Reduced Shakespeare Co. presentsThe Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) Paperback – Abridged, February 1, 2000
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Despise reading Shakespeare? Not to worry, as the RSC introduce you to Shakespeare in a variety of hilarious ways - via a cooking show, a football game, even a rap song! Indifferent to Shakespeare? Well, don't you worry either. The RSC cover the Bard's plays and sonnets in ways you'd never imagine, prior knowledge of the plot becomes unnecessary. Love reading Shakespeare? Then you'll still enjoy this book!
Plus, there are brilliantly clever footnotes (I've always hated them before, but I loved these!), funny forewords and humorous pictures. This book is brilliant and funny and worth every penny!! Buy it!
The book is really a script for the RSC show, and while the show loses some of its hilarity in the book, the latter compensates by including all sorts of wonderfully funny footnotes. If you can't get out to see the "Compleat Works" live, do the next best thing and buy the book. Where else will you have the opportunity to read "Othello" as a rap song?
The book has lots of footnotes (funny ones, written in a mock-erudite, pseudo-scholarly style). For some reason, though, about 1/8 of the footnotes have a problem of some sort. Sometimes the text points to the wrong footnote and/or the "right" one is apparently omitted altogether. Some of the footnotes are multi-paragraph. The Kindle, for some reason, puts these on multiple pages. Which is OK, but sometimes the additional paragraphs are missing. For example, Footnote 68 purports to reveal new scholarship on the "Et tu, Brute" line: "Jess' research... indicated that the full dialogue between Caesar and Brutus went something like this:"
But that's the entirety of the Kindle footnote - no dialogue appears on that page, and Next Page goes to Footnote 69.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could be funnier. Great that it leaves some line cuts to the director. The original script has a lot of cheap laughs in the stage directions and in the "improv" lines. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jackie
I found this play to be entertaining except for a few unnecessary elements as the sexual and bi-sexual joking and the several times that the actors barf on the audience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yellow Rose
Forgot how much schtick was in there. My actors aren't experienced enough. Oh well....Published 7 months ago by Virginia N Beggs
Needed this for an audition piece. Love the concept. Quick service. Thank you!Published 10 months ago by Adrian Lepeltier
Hilariously funny from start to end and a fun play to do with some friendsPublished 11 months ago by randy
Energy and prop intensive, this show is excellent for theatres with a youthful troupe but limited set-building facilities.Published 11 months ago by Brett D. Hainley
A great afternoon read.. Would probably be even better to go and watch - let alone be a part of the production!Published 20 months ago by kcr
My husband is a high school theatre teacher and reviewed this script to perform at his school. He ended up doing the production and it was a big hit. Read morePublished 21 months ago by KristenTag