Glasgow Theatre Company will wrap up its third season with a production of Long, Singer and Winfield's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)."
Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., Nov. 15-17, and 3 p.m., Nov. 18 at Theatre Bristol's ARTspace.
General admission tickets are $10.
"The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)" is a hilarious adaptation of the Bard's 37 plays -- performed in less than two hours -- by a small troupe of actors.
Watching this play has been likened to late-night channel surfing: One minute you're watching a sappy drama, the next a history program followed by a cooking show, and then, finally, a recap of a good football game.
Theater critics have raved that the production is capable of "turning an evening of Shakespeare into something like 'Saturday Night Live.'" It entertains everyone, from those who barely know who Shakespeare is to those who have committed to memory every line he ever wrote.
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London's second-longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre, and since has been translated into dozens of languages.
The cast of Glasgow's production includes Luke Bechtel, Chris Bowen, Emily Carmichael, Audrey Kuykendall and Richard Nave. It is directed by Hunter Graybeal, with Lindy Ley as stage manager and April Gardner as lighting designer.
The non-profit Glasgow Theatre Company was founded in 2010 with the goal of being "actor-friendly." Rehearsals and performances are planned around its actors' busy lives. The company provides an atmosphere of creativity as well as the means to allow people with busy schedules the opportunity to participate in community theatre.
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