All the Great Books (abridged)
By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
Directed by Katrina Stevenson
Jan. 12 – Feb. 4, 2007
Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm
Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50
Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Get your learn on when Tampa Bay’s original “Bad Boys of Abridgement” return to give audiences a crash course on the best of Western Literature in All the Great Books (abridged). This time around, they cover 89 of the greatest books in 90 minutes. They study hard so that you don’t have to!
This is the (abridged) cast and crew Tampa audiences have come to love since Jobsite produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). They’ve also presented abridgements of The Bible and American History. All of those productions were area premieres, enjoyed sold-out runs and ranked as Top 10 plays by Creative Loafing.
“The actors are unwilling to let any member of the audience have a bad time, and their simple joy is infectious. They are absolutely fearless and unending fun,” said the St. Petersburg Times of Jobsite’s Shakespeare (abridged) effort.
In the tradition of earlier (abridged) shows, All the Great Books uses vaudeville and circus humor: giant silly props, goofy wigs and costumes, musical numbers and audience participation – whether they like it or not! (Bring a poncho if you plan to sit in the front!)
It’s a fast, funny and physical performance with a flair for current events. It’s as if the Marx brothers took over a street circus and added material from The Daily Show and Tenacious D. It’s new vaudeville imbued with an anarchistic rock ‘n’ roll sensibility and a healthy dose of satirical commentary that’s pure Jobsite.
Seeing “an (abridged) anything at Jobsite” was listed as the #12 “thing you gotta do” to be considered a true Bay area resident by Creative Loafing just earlier this year.
See all the world’s great poems combined into a single piece, watch as Little Women is explained in football X’s and O’s and marvel at Don Quixote performed completely en Español – just make sure you don’t arrive late or let your phone go off during the show!
Tampa Bay Scene story on This is How it Goes and Books (abridged
by Susanne Nielsen Some years ago a film called The Shape of Things by author/playwrite Neil LaBute turned heads. His characters played mind games that
Tribune review of This is How it Goes
Check out the glowing review of Neil LaBute’s This is How it Goes. It’s online today, looks like it will be in the print version
This is How it Goes TV spot and more
Check it out here. This is a very interesting play. It’s deceptively simple – 3 actors and an almost bare stage. It will keep you
Angriest. Review. EVER.
I read this first thing this morning, which was hardly how I wanted to start my day.‘Great Books’ needs a rewrite Wowsers. Now, before I
A nice note on All the Great Books (abridged)
We have this really nice patron, Christine Hamacher, who is a teacher and has been bringing a group of fellow educators with her to Jobsite
What a great opening night …
I spent the better part of yesterday in a low-level panic. Good thing I spent all day alone, that way I didn’t rub it off
Cast & Crew
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