The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

Abridged, indeed. All's Well That Ends Well is dispatched in just six words: "All's Well That Ends Well." Sixteen comedies get chopped up into a plot-point salad, featuring characters like "Lady Violivia." Julius Caesar slides right into Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus is done up as a cooking show, and the history plays come down to a football scrimmage. Hamlet? Forwards and backwards in a matter of seconds. Created by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield in 1987, this breakneck, improv-heavy parody of all things Shakespearean gets a silly, smart, occasionally hilarious workout from Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Adam Kander is downright sweet in the women's roles, and Michael Woods uses his Marty Feldman eyes and killer timing to great effect as the melancholy Dane. The piece would be perfect if Andrew Pond would try playing the situations instead of the audience. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$25

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