Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

From 53 member  reviews
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. 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.

1h 40m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (53)


Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great writing
Avg Score

High energy high jinks, Broad humor without broads, Clever, Loud, Overstuffed

See it if you enjoy sophomoric antics AND WmShakes. Fun to hear quotes used/misused. Lots of in-jokes for WS nerds, and broad humor for older kids.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. Or you're easily confused (swift-moving) or need to hear ea word (too fast/loud). Front rows audience particptn.

Also I'm happy I live in a world that has the Reduced Shakesp Co in it. The... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, 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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Repetitive

See it if you are a Shakespeare buff.

Don't see it if you fail to find broad humor much fun anymore.

Also I’m a Shakespeare buff, so I found this comic hodgepodge of characters... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Great writing

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

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Very punny

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.

Funny, Enjoyable, Good for (older) kids, Dizzying, Delightful

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 don't like amusing, silly shows with lots of pop culture references.

Also One hour and 40 minutes with an intermission. I felt that the first ho... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky, Funny

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Raunchy

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.

Spoofy, Corny, Overrated, Fluffy

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

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

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

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You like Shakespeare and puns.

Don't see it if Well let's just say the less you know Shakespeare, the fewer jokes you're going to get.

Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny

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.

Ambitious, Fun, Entertaining, Clever, 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

Clever, Funny, 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.

Funny, Clever, Fluffy, Indulgent, Enjoyable

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.

Funny, Manic, Entertaining, 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

Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

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

Clever, Funny, 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.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

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

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

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

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, 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.

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You can follow rapid-fire dialogue.

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

April 26th, 2016
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 ...
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April 26th, 2016
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 e...
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August 11th, 2016
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 ...
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August 11th, 2016
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 pl...
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