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Book Title: The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - Acting Edition|
The author of the book: Adam Long
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Edition: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Date of issue: February 1st 2000
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.74 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.7
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My husband announced to me recently that he plans to become a famous Shakespearean actor, run for president, and maybe someday captain the U.S.S. Enterprise. I determined that I could manage the First Lady bit, but if he was going to be a famous Shakespearean actor, then I needed to bone up on the works of the Bard from Avon.
So off to Barnes & Noble I did trot
Looking for ways to bone up on the bard
Those collected works were much too thick
I have yet Epinions to read and write
I needed something that was much more quick
But wait! Hidden twixt two heavy volumes
Lay a thin brown book with a mighty claim
These hundred or so pages claimed to be
“The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)”*
I bought this proud book, never looking back,
Barely making it to the parking lot
Before I snatched it from its plain brown bag
Surely this will be a literate tome,
One needs but count the forwards, intros, notes
They asked the queen, they asked Kenneth Branaugh
They even asked a now-famous classmate
They were in turn ignored and insulted;
So spoke they, their Shakespeare needs no intro.
That stopped them not from making author’s notes
One from the editor, each actor, and
Even a ghost-written note from the Bard
Finally, the play would start, but only
After a beer-filled reader threatened them
With a crowbar and language most foul, yea.
How else can the Bard’s complete works begin?
A bio and the playwright’s history
Were told by one actor, though he mixed in
Bits of Hitler on his shuffled cue cards.
Then onto the plays these three brave actors
Did stride, each one picking up every part,
Condensing to make Reader’s Digest blush.
Titus Androgynous, er, Andronicus
Was presented as a cooking show.
The amputated father-daughter team
Did bake up the rapist in tasty pies.
Othello’s story whole was told in rap,
While Macbeth got macfake Scottish accents.
The histories were made a football game
Until a penalty flag flew on Lear,
Fictional kings were straight disqualified.
The comedies, claimed they, were all the same.
So they combined the four gags found in all
Sixteen comedies, into one wild play.
Audience interaction is the spine
of this play, and it increased in act two
as the treatment of Hamlet did begin.
They “workshopped” Ophelia with volunteers,
They mangled, they cut, they made us all groan,
But all bodies were strewn in just one act.
The play is heavy on slapstick humor,
Which can translate poorly to quiet page.
Yet, any lost physical schtick is made
Up through the authors’ boisterous footnotes.
Indeed, as true humor is wont to do,
They make fun of all, leaving no one out.
Latin language is used to say “Screw you.”
Academics will get the inside jokes
Right ere they are skewered by the next line.
It’s a bawdy read that plays well on stage.
Often I laughed loud and wiped away tears,
Finding more zingers with each re-reading.
I missed this show when locally it played,
Tis a shame, for the action’s well-described.
Make not my mistake if it comes to your
Town. Or grab the script from your B&N,
And laugh away any midwinter’s gloom.
*And you can challenge me on Wllm being one syllable, I’m sticking by it!
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