The Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (review)
THE PLAY: Three male actors zip thru highlights of the Bard’s work using physical comedy and irreverent setups like a cooking show, football and even rap.
THE PRODUCTION: One advantage to a show like this: There are so many gags and punch lines…even if one falls flat, the cast zips on to another. This exuberant trio mines every opportunity with broad physicality, shameless puns, naughty innuendo, topical adlibs and viewer participation. They’re comfortable with the language, the jokes and the audience (although sometimes they try too hard). Director Maggie Roop has kept them on their toes with fast-paced action and clever bits. Even though it feels loose, the comic precision keeps it tight. Running time: 1:50
THE POINT: Whether you’re a fan of The Bard or not, this high-spirited trio provides the rollicking energy and comic skill to make Shakespeare spirited fun.
(3.5 / 5)
A Quill Theater production at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen