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William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great writing

About the show

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, creators of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)' bring their latest Shakespearean romp to the New Victory.

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That's right, the "Bad Boys of Abridgement" are back! Uproarious and rapid-fire, the Reduced Shakespeare Company makes sharp, short comedy in their latest sendup, spinning the Bard's 39 plays into a fast, funny, and fictional 40th. So don your best ruff and be not afeared—haply these comics are wickedly weird. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


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$30.50 Orchestra $22.50 Mezzanine

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Save 20% on Orchestra and Mezzanine seats for performances of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) thru Mar 11, regularly priced $38, $28. Offer excludes Rear Mezzanine and Balcony seats, regularly $19 and $16. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Tickets subject to availability.. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount and can be revoked without notice. Phone and internet sales subject to standard service fees. All sales are final—no refunds or exchanges. Ticket prices and schedule subject to change. Offer expires Mar 11, 2018.

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Save 20% on Orchestra and Mezzanine seats for performances of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) thru Mar 11, regularly priced $38, $28. Offer excludes Rear Mezzanine and Balcony seats, regularly $19 and $16. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Tickets subject to availability. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount and can be revoked without notice. Phone and internet sales subject to standard service fees. All sales are final—no refunds or exchanges. Ticket prices and schedule subject to change.

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90
DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "Those bad boys of abridgment, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, have struck again...This time their mixed up, verse-juggling, quick-change, three-person comic extravaganza proposes to be the premiere of William Shakespeare’s recently discovered first play...Clearly these performers are in their element...The Reduced Shakespeare Company has always been a hybrid of highbrow and low humor, and this show hits that sweet spot to appeal to all comers." Full Review

80
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "The comic juxtapositions, gags, and shameless puns come so quickly that you barely have time to groan at the last one, and every once in a while something actually makes you pause and think, like letting Macbeth’s witches double as Lear’s daughters or setting up pairings to prove that 'The Lion King' is not the only Disney film based on Shakespeare. This kind of Shakespearean mash-up may no longer be unique to the RSC but it is fun to be reminded that they do it best." Full Review

95
Broadway Baby

for a previous production "The Reduced Shakespeare Company continue to reign supreme as the undisputed masters at reimagining the Bard into hilarious entertainment...The verbal wit would appeal to any speaker of the English language. A dynamic and side-splittingly funny show based around the work of one of the funniest playwrights ever to set quill to paper...The three actors are exceptionally charismatic, able to win the audience immediately and create a fun and gripping atmosphere." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "Martin, Tichenor, and Spencer are very, very funny; fearless, quick witted, masters of quick change and, most importantly, having a blast on stage, which means the audience is likely to have fun too...The most important thing to enjoying this show is not a knowledge of Shakespeare; rather it is to lower your brow and bring your silly...This is an absolute, resolute, hoot, of a bawdy comedy of errors...A few quibbles: it could use some trimming; some of the gags outlive their funny." Full Review

80
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Three performers playing multiple parts across daft, quick fire scenes...The script cleverly weaves together multiple works, putting dialogue in different characters' mouths and touching on the most iconic moments...There is less of the hallmark audience interaction in 'Long Lost First Play' than in the company's other shows, which is a shame...Overall, though, this is a slickly executed, enjoyable comedy that is also a fitting and affectionate tribute to the Bard." Full Review

90
The Reviews Hub

for a previous production "It’s a win-win proposition. It takes the familiar Reduced Shakespeare approach, and then some...As usual, there are enough references to satisfy any Bard savant, while sufficient of the content of the plays is included to tickle the wits of children. And the recipe is completed by enough slapstick and knockabout farce to keep a large audience happily entertained...The rambling plot holds up surprisingly well. All’s well that ends well, then? Almost certainly." Full Review

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "A loving, self-deprecating riff on Shakespeare’s complete canon, condensed into about 90 minutes and chock full of hilarious references...RSC clearly love and admire the Bard, and this admiration for him shines throughout the entire show. Martin, Spencer, and Tichenor have created an absolutely perfect Shakespeare tribute with something to please everyone, regardless of familiarity with the language. Everything about it is fun. I laughed until I cried. Several times." Full Review

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70
Indulgent, Loopy

See it if Enjoy the RSC conceit, of goofy shows for both Shakespeare neophytes and in-joke lovers. Family friendly

Don't see it if Expecting the energy and glee of earlier RSC shows. Actors are antic, but the schtick is wearing thin.

83
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You can handle fast-paced dialogue with lots of pop culture thrown in. You’re looking for a very funny take on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You are too serious about The Bard.

Also A show geared towards kids (the program says ages 10 and up) but fun f... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining, Silly

See it if you are familiar with the RSC's previous work & you're ready to let your guard down & enjoy some clever clowning at the expense of the Bard.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist, unable to laugh at a dissection & reassembly of his works with a fair mix of modern references & childish humor

Also I was reluctant to see this, as it is being performed at the New Victo... Read more Read less

67
Clever, Raunchy, Indulgent, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are not trying to entertain your children. Most of this is way above their heads unless they are Shakespeare scholars; much adult humor

Don't see it if you are not familiar with lots of Shakespeare's plays, you dislike puns, slapstick, corny humor & sight gags. Still, entertaining at times.

76
Funny, Clever, Indulgent, Enjoyable, Fluffy

See it if You are interested in a light-hearted Shakespearean romp with 3 males playing myriad characters. Some clever moments, but not challenging.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespearean purist, or if you don't like portrayals of same-sex relationships. This is not deep analysis - it's just for fun.

95
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of RSC and you love their style of show. Or if you just love clever commentary on Shakespeare's work. It's a fun night for all

Don't see it if you don't like improv-type shows, or prefer a more serious setting.

73
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if If you want to bring your kids to a shapespearian related show. Be prepared for silly

Don't see it if If you want to ser something serious or dont want to be in a theater with a lot of childrem

85
Clever, Refreshing, Great writing, Silly

See it if You want something silly and fun. You're familiar with Shakespeare's work (you may be a bit lost if not).

Don't see it if You want something serious, you like your comedy dark or grim. This is pure, clever fun.

70
Ambitious, Educating

See it if you want a mix of Shakespeare's works

Don't see it if you want something unique

75
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if bad puns, dreadful costumes and great silliness work for you. They joyously confuse hawks with handsaws and all sorts of other things

Don't see it if you have not seen or read some Shakespeare. The slapstick may sustain attention but the corruption of the Bard brings the belly laughs

65
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare run amock with low brow humor passed off as children friendly. Often VERY smart and clever, but followed by crudeness.

Don't see it if This wasn't really kid friendly. I was surprised at the adult jokes and crudeness that was passed off as acceptable children's humor.

80
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and appreciate great comic performances. I love this theatre because it's so kid-friendly Good into to The Bard.

Don't see it if you take your Shakespeare too seriously.

86
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You're a Shakespeare fan and would like to bring the kids along to get a a taste of the bard and his plays in one short night or afternoon!

Don't see it if If you don't like anyone to mess with the Bard. This is all light and full of laughter. If you like the real tragedy's don't go.

80
Funny, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you thought Shakespeare boring, want to have fun, want to LOL, want to see 3 actors play. Umerous parts, if you like Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You are. Shakespeare snob, expect to see original, don't expect to LOL, don't want to have fun, if you don't like antics, stay home.,

Also I must say, I enjoyed myself. Love the Victory Theatre, great space, r... Read more Read less

62
Funny, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Renn Faire-style comedy and performances.

Don't see it if You want something as exquisite, near perfection as the original Complete Works abridged.

79
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to enjoy a lighter side of Shakespeare. You want to have some fun delivered by three very entertaining performers in multiple roles

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh. You don't want to see performers in multiple roles. You don't have a sense of humor.

Also Enjoyable performance. Entertaining. I enjoyed this afternoon performa... Read more Read less

61
Funny, Entertaining, Manic, Scrambled

See it if You & /or your older kids have seen a lot of Shakespeare & know the characters,lines & plots really,REALLY well

Don't see it if You have little or no familiarity with WS's plays; just like your Bard straight-up; don't care for 'punny' jokes

100
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love Shakespeare and spoofs

Don't see it if you want a classic Shakespeare play

81
Funny, Clever, Fluffy, Zany

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and send ups of his work. This is one of the best pieces in their collection. The Magic Kingdom riff is brilliant

Don't see it if you want something serious, deep, or truly Shakespearean. This fun with the Bard that even he's sure to enjoy.

80
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like a very witty take on Shakespeare's plays all wrapped up in 2 hours. Three actors play all the roles with great ingenuity.

Don't see it if you do not like comedy, Shakespeare's plays or are offended by not taking Shakespeare's plays seriously.

Also This is the New Victory Theater, a children's theater, but I would not... Read more Read less

55
Overrated, Fluffy, Corny, Spoofy

See it if you like tireless enthusiasm, harmless Renaissance Fair-level fun, ardent fanboys reimagining Shakespeare less lofty & more dorky

Don't see it if you don’t laugh out loud at puns even if you get them, expect a more interesting premise than skewering sacred cows for the heck of it

Also It’s fine, but my time/money could have been better spent elsewhere. R... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Too long

See it if You know enough Shakespeare to get the puns, jokes & satire, with a steep detour into children's theatre & slapstick. Fun but 1 Act too long

Don't see it if You don't know the plays or do & expect speeches instead of the farce & rapid fun mash-up of characters & plots.

Also The best and most instructive thing about this RSC is the evening's ca... Read more Read less

35
Excruciating, Insipid, Unfocused, Unfunny

See it if you'd enjoy seeing a lampoon of Shakespeare plays filled with groan-worthy puns, constant riffing in place of real plot, and fart jokes.

Don't see it if Shakespeare, puns, and physical comedy aren't your thing. Material is oddly pitched too low for adults, yet is too smart for kids.

75
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You can follow rapid-fire dialogue.

Don't see it if You don't like slap-stick humor.

76
Funny, Clever, Disappointing

See it if you like puns, Shakespeare and Disney.

Don't see it if you aren't into slapstick or are looking for the exact mastery of Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.


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