In case you haven’t had enough offbeat theater from the 2011 Fringe Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is offering its own equivalent of a classic from the world of Fringe; Complete Works, in fact, began as a production at the legendary Edinburgh Fringe in 1987. The show features three actors who re-create (well, more accurately, who mention) all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in a single performance. They joke their way through all the comedies, histories and tragedies using a trunk full of props, wigs and ridiculous costumes. The show runs on quips and slapstick, and its affectionate and irreverent approach has made it one of the most popular shows in America and England. Previous Cincy Shakes productions have broken box-office records. “I have never had so many requests to bring the production back so soon,” says Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips. “It is an absolute favorite!” And a bit of good news: The show’s creators have dusted the script off and given it some new, more contemporary humor with references to pop culture and social media.
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