The Compleat Works of WLLM SHKSPR (abridged)
A force by the Reduced Shakespeare Company
Directed by Kay Files
March 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, April 1
... nonstop laughter, cheers and up-beat music felt like a festive rock concert celebration of the Bard and his works.
Together these three produce electrifying laugh out loud comedy and in this writer’s opinion are among the best comic actors ever to appear in a Playmakers production.
Starring Shawn Curry and Brandon Cubas, from Hammond, and Jacob Zeringue from Bogalusa. All three are members of a long-standing improv group that performs weekly in Hammond. It's going to be a wild ride!
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This wildly successful comedy is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s 37 plays in 97 minutes. It is London’s longest running comedy—10 years at the Criterion Theatre, and has been described as “the funniest show you are likely to see in your lifetime.” Performed by three actors, who play all of the roles at a high-speed roller-coater style, the authors warn that it is not recommended for people with weak hearts, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders or people inclined to motion sickness. This show’s motto is: if you LIKE Shakespeare, you’ll like this play; if you hateShakespeare you’ll LOVE this play. Don’t miss this crazy and delightful evening of high energy fun, with the “Othello Rap” and more!
SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED ON PLAYMAKERS STAGE A LAUGH RIOT
March 19. 2007
Don’t fret. You don’t have to be a Shakespearian scholar or never ever read or seen a Shakespeare play to laugh until your stomach hurts watching three zany actors romp through all of the Bard’s plays in just under two hours. That’s exactly what the first-nighter audience this past Friday experienced at the gala champagne opening of Playmakers production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).
... what makes this play come hilariously alive is the deft direction of Kay Files and the exceptional comedic talents of the three men who make up the cast: Shawn Curry, Jacob Zeringue, and Brandon Cubas who studied acting from Ms. Files when she was a member of the Southeastern Louisiana University theatre faculty.
... the show is really sketch comedy with a lot of slapstick humor that is just fun to watch.
Shawn Curry is like a little elf flittering through his many roles, male and female, revealing his many comic skills. Brandon Cubas plays his Romeo well and is at his best when he weaves a charming spell over the audience speaking directly to it acting as the master of ceremonies. And Jacob Zeringue is simply a comic delight as he romps through his interpretation of Shakespeare’s many characters. Together these three produce electrifying laugh out loud comedy and in this writer’s opinion are among the best comic actors ever to appear in a Playmakers production.
This is a widely funny show guaranteed to change grouches into laughing lovables. It is a chuck full of a laugh inducing get-away fantasy that at least for a couple of hours just may get your mind off all the terrible things that are happening in the world today. You won’t want to miss it. Other evening performances are on Friday and Saturday, March 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 at 8:00pm. Matinee performances are on Sunday, March 25 and April 1 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. Playmakers Theater is located off Lee Road in Covington. For information and ticket reservations, call the Playmakers box office at 985-893-1671.
PLAYMAKERS COMEDY TAKES ON THE BARD
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Veteran director Kay Files and her immensely talented ensemble cast of Brandon Cubas, Shawn Curry, Jacob Zeringue and Paula Leffman literally pull out "all the stops" in "The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)" at Covington's Playmakers Theatre.
The theater's intimate atmosphere lends itself perfectly for this high-energy, fast-paced comedy that is an entertaining abridged version of Shakespeare's 37 plays and his sonnets.
It all takes place in less than two hours. Files' staging of this comedy coupled with the nonstop laughter, cheers and up-beat music felt like a festive rock concert celebration of the Bard and his works.
Prior to the show's opening, Files admitted that this was probably her most challenging play because more than half of the plot is improvisation.
But the key to any successful production is casting. It is evident that those in Files' cast have worked together for years honing their improvisation talents.
No matter what happens, the trio known as "The Reduced Shakespeare Company" prove to be up to the challenge.
Last weekend the almost-capacity crowd could not stop laughing long enough to catch their breath between the quick-paced, sight-gag, laugh-a-minute, energetic production.
Adding to the joy are the interesting costumes and props that come out of the Bard's Prop trunk.
The play begins with a parody of "Romeo and Juliet" and ends with several versions of "Hamlet."
In between, amongst other things, we get a quick glimpse of the Bard's 16 comedies that includes a cooking show and a football game.
Several times during the comedy, theater-goers were coached on what to do so they could become a live addition to the festivities. Audience members proved to ready to perform "live" at a moment's notice.
Alex LaVanway designed the lights. Files, LaVanway and Catie West designed the sound. Russell Krogsgard designed the set. Catie West, Mike West, Mary West and Nicholas West handle the stage manager and crew duties.
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