The Shakespeare Initiative (TSI) and Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA) present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" for 5 performances on October 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 pm and October 6 at 2:00 pm. at the RoxPAC/Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna, New Jersey.
The cultural touchstone that is "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" was born when three inspired, charismatic comics (Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield), 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.
Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors: TSI veterans Erik Gaden (Dover), George LaVigne (Hackettstown) and Michael Tarantella (Denville). The production has been directed by TSI founder, Richard Norman (Randolph).
A mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" is a fantasia of zany energy in the Monty Python/Mel Brooks “anything-for-a-laugh” vein. The gung-ho vitality is impossible to resist. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's giddy fun for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" is one of the world's most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into dozens of languages.
Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for students and seniors. Tickets are available through the TSI and RAA websites: www.theshakespeareinitiative.org and www.roxburyartsalliance.org, at the Roxbury Rec Dept., and at the door, if available.