The Reduced Shakespeare Company, creators of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)' bring their latest Shakespearean romp to the New Victory. More…
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
See it if You love comedy, know some Shakespeare, and aren't easily offended. The guys are energetic, clever, and clearly love what they're doing!
Don't see it if You know nothing about Shakespeare's plays or are looking for something serious/traditional. Also note there is some limited profanity.
See it if You are interested in Shakespeare. Even if you're no scholar, there's plenty to laugh at here! The kids in the audience had a lot of fun!
Don't see it if You hate goofs, puns, and parody, you're a purist, or you expected something serious.
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.
See it if You have a good knowledge is Shakespearean works so you catch all the references and enjoy a little silliness. Older children will enjoy
Don't see it if You expect a serious Shakespearean performance.
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.
See it if You enjoy modern re-workings of Shakespeare. You enjoy physical comedy & truly terrible puns. You want fun & entertainment.
Don't see it if You have no familiarity w/Shakespeare. You prefer a traditional approach to Shakespeare. You dislike physical comedy & broad comedy.
See it if You enjoy Reduced Shakespeare Company and would like to see 2 of its founding fathers. (New Kid Teddy is great.) Brush up your Shakespeare!
Don't see it if You consider Shakespeare sacred - or if you don't have basic knowledge of his "greatest hits."
See it if Very enjoyable, jokes come quickly. Some clever, some fall flat, but all in good fun. Amusing references. Will bring a smile to your face.
Don't see it if ...you don't like amusing, silly shows with lots of pop culture references.
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.
See it if you're a fan of the bard's plays and also enjoy puns and silly humor. Knowing Shakespeare well helps; there was lots to pick up on.
Don't see it if you know little about Shakespeare and have no interest in a play that takes nothing seriously.
See it if You enjoy Shakespeare parody. This is one of the better spoofs on Shakespeare that I’ve seen. The performers were brilliant.
Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare, or are not very familiar with his work. Or if you don’t like satire in general.
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.
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.
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.,
See it if you want an entertaining and amusing performance all ages can enjoy.
Don't see it if you're cranky and hate kids and/or Shakespeare
Also The Victory Theater is a great place to see a show!
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.
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.
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