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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2000)

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Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours. In this universally acclaimed theater experience, Adam Long (one of the troupe's founding members), Reed Marin, and ... See full summary »

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Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours. In this universally acclaimed theater experience, Adam Long (one of the troupe's founding members), Reed Marin, and Austin Tichenor manage to compress the complete works of Shakespeare into about an hour and 40 minutes of high-speed over-the-top hilarity. Knowledge about Shakespeare's works is helpful, but not at all necessary. All that is needed is time enough to watch and someone to dial 911 in case you pass out from laughing so much. Written by Mike Gulick <dagger@shelltown.net>

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The music played by Adam Long as he plays the guitar during the epilogue of the Romeo and Juliet sketch is the main theme from Romeo and Juliet (1968), directed by Franco Zeffirelli. See more »

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Austin Tichenor: [reading off names of plays from the program] "Coriolanus"...
Adam Long: Oh, just, let's just skip it.
Reed Martin: Why, what... what's the matter with "Coriolanus"?
Adam Long: [pause] I don't like the anus part.
[laughter from audience]
Adam Long: I just think... no, I think it's offensive, and we have some young children.
[points to Boy in Audience]
Austin Tichenor: Yeah, you know, that's fine.
Adam Long: It's not a clever word, kid, I don't...
Boy in Audience: I'm 13!
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The William Tell Overture
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Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Could it possibly be funnier?
28 January 2004 | by (Summerfield, NC) – See all my reviews

Most comedies based upon the works of others have a tendency to start with an inspired idea, but in the end don't come across as well as they should have (think _Bridget Jones's Diary_). Here, on the other hand, is quite possibly the funniest thing ever done on a stage anywhere. The three members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company have, over the course of 20+ years, refined and honed this show to the point where all you get is the lean meat

  • there's not an ounce of fat to be seen. The only point during the entire


DVD where I stop laughing is the three-second intermission between the first and second half of the show (well-placed, as it gives me a chance to catch my breath). 10 is too low a rating to give this gem.


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