Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Check it out!!- The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Life is short. The complete works of William Shakespeare are long, hard to understand, and somtimes boring. To the rescue: The Reduced Shakespeare Company's Complete Works of William Shakespeare- Abridged!. In this DVD, the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC), a three-man comedy troupe, performs the entirety of the Bard's works in 90 roller-coaster, rib tickling minutes. The RSC's provides the audience with hilarious interpretations of Shakespeare's works that are easy for everyone to understand (like Cliffs Notes only funnier). After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they’re off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, the histories as a football game, and the show’s unforgettable finale - Hamlet - told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets. Thanks to the RSC, not only can you catch all of Shakespeare's plays at once, but you can have a riotous good time doing so. (Reviews courtesy of Amazon.com)

Warning from the RSC: "This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare's plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The RSC cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers."

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare- Abridged! can be found in the new Adult DVDs section (call # 822.331 Com). Also coming soon to the library, Reduced Shakespeare: The Attention Impaired Reader's Guide to the World's Best Playwright, and the DVD of The Complete History of America- Abridged!. For more information on the Reduced Shakespeare Company, check out their website at www.reducedshakespeare.com

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