Onstage: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Three Cincinnati Shakespeare Company actors are on a mission to bring the entirety of the Bard's canon to the stage in a single evening of theater. Follow along as they careen wildly through all the comedies, histories and tragedies using a trunkful of p

Jun 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

While the Cincy Fringe Festival marches on this week, don’t lose track of a show at Cincinnati Shakespeare that became a hit with a launch at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, the granddaddy of all Fringe fests. The show was created by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, who moved it to London, where it had a record-breaking nine-year run in the 1990s; the RSC guys have spent time at the Cincinnati Playhouse over the past two decades with this show and subsequent “reduced” works.

If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Race Street theater during June to see this daffy reduction of all of the Bard’s shows to a piece that runs about two hours — irreverent, bawdy slapstick, laced with groan-inducing puns and tomfoolery. And if you’ve seen it before, you just might want to see this particular production featuring three of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s finest: Chris Guthrie, Matt Johnson and Brian Phillips, the company’s artistic director. Maybe it’s slumming for folks who make their living with the classics to play around with this piece, but who knows the material better?

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through June 27. Tickets are $20-$26.

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