New York | 1h 40m | Already closed

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

From 7 critic and 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)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you love Shakespeare and spoofs

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

Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you like parody and Shakespeare

Don't see it if you can't stand anybody making fun of Shakespeare

Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

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.

Also Reduced Shakespeare Company is always hilarious and enjoyable. More so... Read more Read less

Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you love to laugh. Great actors. Wonderful for the entire family.

Don't see it if you take yourself very seriously.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an entertaining, improv like comic take on Shakespeare, even if you are not a fan of his work.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy to laugh.

Also Extremely talented cast, wonderfully staged, with fast paced clever wr... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Funny, Dizzying, Clever, Hilarious

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.

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.

Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Clever

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.

Clever, Silly, Refreshing, Great writing

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.

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.

Clever, Funny, Great writing, Quirky, Intelligent

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."

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, 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

Hilarious, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You love Shakespeare! You want a fun night out

Don't see it if You can’t suspend your disbelief. You need the 4th wall to feel comfortable

Entertaining, Madcap, Clever, Silly

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.

Also This was fun. The three actors are versatile and have a seemingly inex... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy puns, witty light entertainment

Don't see it if Expect serious theatrical play

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

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.

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, 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.

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, Entertaining, Family friendly

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!

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

Quirky, Interesting, Nicely staged

See it if Interesting, kept my attention, good acting.

Don't see it if Very little happens, not much range of emotion, no surprises

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

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