The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

When: May 3-22, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 22 2011

It’s hard to believe that The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was not written by---or at least for---the madcap thespians of Shakespeare by the Sea, since it’s the perfect vehicle for showing off their high-energy, irreverent brand of humour. Pretty much every one of Shakespeare’s plays gets a brief mention, and some get a longer treatment. Titus Andronicus is done as a stomach-turning cooking show, Othello is a hysterical and charmingly offensive rap, and Romeo and Juliet is done with hysterical valley girl inflections that give it a modern teen sensibility. The second act, which comes with a healthy dose of fun and funny audience participation, is devoted entirely to Hamlet. It also contains a speech by Jeff Schwager that will remind you that these performers are not just talented clowns, but brilliant actors in their own right. –Kate Watson

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