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Ah, Shakespeare. The great bard. You've heard he's a terrific writer. One of these days, you may actually get around to catching one of his plays. Yeah, right. Well, with the help of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, not only can you catch all of Shakespeare's plays at once, but you can have a riotous good time doing so.
Three men performing 37 plays in less than two hours may seem a bit of a stretch. But Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor--all members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company--pull it off beautifully with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a slapstick show that summarizes the playwright's stage work (with the sonnets thrown in). Never read Titus Andronicus? No problem; it's presented here as a cooking show. Can't keep your Shakespearean histories straight? Visualize them as a football game. Wondering what exactly is the deal with that guy Othello? Hear his story as a rap song. Hard as it is to imagine, this video of the stage show (originally seen on PBS) is one of the funniest, most clever productions around. Long is hysterical in his roles of Juliet and Ophelia (among others), bringing a hip, edgy feel to the plays while remaining surprisingly true to the stories. Martin and Tichenor will amaze with their acrobatic movements and frequent costume changes, and the three together are a marvel of timing and rhythm. Best of all, whether you know Shakespeare inside out or have yet to read a word of him, The Complete Works will have you in stitches. --Jenny Brown
Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. To the rescue: THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, the three-man comedy troupe known for fast, funny, physical condensations of real serious stuff. They wrap up the Bard's outsized oeuvre in 90 roller-coaster, rib-tickling minutes. After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they're off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You decide after you see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, and the show's unforgettable finale - Hamlet - told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets. Contains material not seen on the PBS broadcast. "Intellectual vaudeville" - The New York Times. "Inspired American spoof merchants...slings and arrows of outrageous comedy" - Daily Telegraph. "This trio of modern Marx brothers will leave you in stitches" - Boston Herald.
I truly love the works of William Shakespeare, but for some I know reading or attending a Shakespearean play is as easy as wading through quicksand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Operagirl
What an awesome and wonderfully funny performance!!! Thank you so much for this enjoyable dvd.... I'll watch this many many times!Published 1 month ago by Angie Hall
One of the best shows ever! I laugh my head off every time. Any Shakespeare fan will enjoy and appreciate it and non Shakespeare fans can still get a few laughs.Published 1 month ago by Hannah Skousen
As others have shared, this is completely sophomoric humor. I believe the appeal to double entendre and sexual innuendo with such frequency is a lack of creativity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ozzie
First saw this movie in high school and performed their version of Romeo and Juliet as a one act play. A very fun twist on the works of the Bard that will leave you laughing!Published 3 months ago by Patrick
This movie captures the intimate nature of an excellent amateur play. I felt like part of the audience in a small intimate theatre, which has never happened to me watching a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer