The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Live theater -- especially stunt-driven performance art -- loses a lot on home video, but the RSC's three wandering bards keep up the momentum throughout… The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Live theater -- especially stunt-driven performance art -- loses a lot on home video, but the RSC's three wandering bards keep up the momentum throughout…
Movie on DVD Review

The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 08, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 08, 2003; With: The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Live theater -- especially stunt-driven performance art -- loses a lot on home video, but the RSC's three wandering bards keep up the momentum throughout their breakneck distillation of Shakespeare's canon. (For those unfamiliar with the 20-year-old show, the three-man troupe accordions the First Folio by performing Othello as a rap, compressing the history plays into a football game with the crown as the pigskin, etc.) Despite a few groaners (''Willy'' jokes, anyone?), Abridged is endearing, medium-clever fun, especially when Long defends his from-the-gut approach to emoting: ''I will not do dry, boring, vomitless Shakespeare!'' EXTRAS Check out the home video of an early Abridged performance -- it's actually more fun than the polished version.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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