"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"

Arneson River Theater

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In a Nutshell

Three actors comically tackle Shakespeare's 37 plays in 90 minutes, reimagining Othello as rap and Titus Andronicus as a cooking show

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The Deal

  • $15 for two tickets to The Company Theatre's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) on the Riverwalk (a $30 value)
  • When: Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Arneson River Theater
  • Section: general admission
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Company Theatre shatters modern preconceptions about the dryness of Shakespeare by staging The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which zips through all 37 of the bard's plays in about 90 minutes, playfully reducing complex plots to their constituent parts. The pared down storytelling simultaneously reveals the archetypal resonances between the works while making light of the prolific playwright's commonly recycled plot elements such as mistaken identity, dramatic last-act deaths, and tyrannical kings who forced their courts to rhyme in every sentence.

The three actors that constitute the cast "are a good team, demonstrating deft comic timing as they zip through the show," reported the San Antonio Express-News. They engage patrons with high-energy interaction, tearing down the fourth wall with gleeful abandon to talk to audiences and pull showgoers into their madcap scenes. Meanwhile, the outdoor amphitheater of the Arneson River Theater recalls the open-air environs of the Globe Theatre itself, as do the cross-dressing actors and audience members hushing their carrier pigeons.

The Company Theatre

When Ken Bradley, Cathy Grant, and Damian Gillen created The Company Theatre in 1993, they had one mission: to offer a live entertainment alternative to television or movies. Their lively adaptations of classic literature and popular stories have toured to theatres, schools, and churches all over Texas. No staging is too unconventional for the The Company Theatre: the troupe presents a condensed version of the complete works of Shakespeare with three fast-talking actors, and performs their production of “Charlotte’s Web” at an operating farm.

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