Cincy Shakes The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a Zany Romp through all 38 of the Bard's Plays

Classical theater can be funny

click to enlarge Miranda McGee, Justin McCombs and Geoffrey Warren Barnes II in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
Photo: Mikki Schaffner Photography
Miranda McGee, Justin McCombs and Geoffrey Warren Barnes II in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Don’t think that a classic theater can’t have a good time. Prime evidence is offered this week as Cincy Shakes again presents one hilarious piece of theater that gallops through the Bard’s entire canon of 38 plays.

In The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), many of the plays are touched on in the silliest of puns and visual jokes, but whether you’re a fan of Shakespeare or not, you’re guaranteed a good time watching three of the company’s best comic performers have their way with props, wigs, outrageous costumes, puns, jokes and slapstick. It’s a whole midsummer night’s scream of laughs and giggles.

Through August 11. $57 adult; $53 senior; $31 student. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincyshakes.com