“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” opens tonight at 7:30 at the Coyote Arena Theatre, where it will be presented by Coyote Drama Productions.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield in the late 1990s. There is no exact date, as it was always a work in progress, and still is today.
The concept of the play was written originally for three men to satirically play all 37 of Shakespeare’s works. From “Romeo and Juliet” to “Hamlet,” the play nips and tucks the highlights of each story and lets the audience enjoy the plots and characters to modern translations. This modern take also breaks the “fourth wall” many times, having opportunity for audience participation throughout the 90-minute comedy.
According to information from Coyote Drama Productions, the writing, which also leaves room for improvisation by the actors, takes a perspective from the actors, who through wit and foolish tones perform “abridged” versions of each play. Some are done with heavy melodramatic energies, as in “Macbeth,” using perfect Scottish accents, and some are done with ignorance, as the players think the Moor of Venice in Othello is a boat dock upon the ocean. Even some traditional Elizabethan rules are used when boys portray women in extreme measures...