Theatre Review: Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)


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(Nevada City, CA)
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How does this show mess with Shakespeare? Let us count the way. Sometimes, they have fun with the language.

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Other times, Shakespeare gets the treatment in modern form, like this rap singer version of Othello.

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And then there’s the spoof of Shakespeare’s goriest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, which becomes a particularly gruesome tv cooking show.

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We’ll spare you the bloody details of that one. Suffice to say that the routines are both scripted and improvised, the satire is relentless, the jokes are frequently in dubious taste. This show’s also an opportunity to watch three of the Sacramento region’s funniest resident actors – Matt K. Miller, Greg Alexander, and Gary Wright – working off each other’s onstage energy. It’s irreverent, extremely silly, and the temptation to laugh is well nigh irresistible.

(Music out)

 

Foothill Theatre’s production of “The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” plays through August 13 in NevadaCity.  It will also be presented at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 7, 24, 31 and August 7, 14.