ACL and RLT Will Stage “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” with Rebecca Blum, Izzy Burger, and Tracey Phillips

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 at RLT
Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 at RLT
 Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will present a community-theater production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], directed by ACL co-founder Rod Rich, on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Originally written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield for California’s world-famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) is an inspired spoof of all things Shakespearean. When it is hitting on all eight cylinders, Shakespeare is a comic juggernaut that romps through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

According to Actors Comedy Lab:

“Actors Comedy Lab initially produced the play in 1998 with three male actors, Seth Blum, David Henderson, and Jim Regan. Now, 14 years later, the same roles will be played by three female actors: Rebecca Blum (wife of Seth and a principal member of Nickel Shakespeare Girls), Izzy Burger (last seen in RLT‘s Ruthless and as the Bogle in ACL’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol), and Tracey Phillips (last seen in ACL’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone).

“This is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes! Join this madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden performers as they weave their wicked way though all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

“A few reviews of past productions of Complete Works are: ‘A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, they are sure to win over even the most skeptical. Shakespeare himself … would approve.’ Daily Variety; ‘Imagine all 37 of Shakespeare’s play as written by Reader’s Digest, acted by Monty Python, and performed at the speed of the ‘Minute Waltz,’ and you’ll have a sense of the hyperkinetic laugh fest. ‘The actors breeze through Shakespeare with such revisionist relish and comic dexterity that even those who have only a general knowledge of his plays won’t be able to resist.’ Los Angeles Herald-Examiner; ‘Stupendous, anchorless joy!’ The London Times; ‘Wildly funny. Masterful!’ Los Angeles Times; ‘The funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime.’ Montreal Gazette; ‘Enthralling, side-splitting stuff … witty, entertaining and enlightening.’ Melbourne Times, Australia.

Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab present THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15, 3 p.m. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Sept. 20-22, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Sept. 27-29, and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.

TICKETS: $15 ($12 students and seniors 62+).

BOX OFFICE: 919-821-3111 or https://raleighlittletheatre.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0Sd0000001UYiFEAW.

SHOW: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/12-13/works.html.

PRESENTERS:

Actors Comedy Lab: http://www.actorscomedylab.com/.

Raleigh Little Theatre: http://www.raleighlittletheatre.org/.

VENUE: http://www.raleighlittletheatre.org/.

DIRECTIONS: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/about/map-directions.html.

PARKING: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/about/parking.html.

NOTE: All shows are wheelchair accessible.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://www.reducedshakespeare.com/productions/the-complete-works-of-william-shakespeare-abridged/ (official web page) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Complete_Works_of_William_Shakespeare_(Abridged) (Wikipedia).

Reduced Shakespeare Company: http://www.reducedshakespeare.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_Shakespeare_Company (Wikipedia).

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Robert W. McDowell is editor and publisher of Triangle Theater Review, a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater than all of the other news media combined. This preview is reprinted with permission from Triangle Theater Review.

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To read all of Robert W. McDowell’s Triangle Theater Review previews and reviews online at Triangle Arts & Entertainment, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/robert-w-mcdowell/.

 

 

 

By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).