Creative Loafing Best of the Bay
Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated
Weekly Planet Best of the Bay
What It’s About
Having shrunk Shakespeare’s wit and wisdom into manageable morsels of madness, Jobsite returns to tear around the stage in doublets and Chuck Taylor’s on a riotous romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays plus the sonnets all in an hour and a half.
In this cult hit, the full works of the Bard have been edited into just 90 minutes. All 16 comedies are distilled into one short sketch and the historical plays are performed as a football game. The complete works of William Shakespeare in one evening? Ambitious? Foolhardy? Insane? Absolutely!
Audiences will be forced to throw out every preconceived notion of Shakespeare as Tampa’s original Bad Boys of Abridgment condense his complete works into a single theatrical experience.
Why It’s For YouYou really like to watch old white guys sweat profusely and embarrass themselves. You struggled through high school or college lit classes and have been dying for someone to savagely make fun of all this stuff. You didn’t struggle at all through lit classes and would like to come laugh louder than anyone else at the dank inside references. But really it’s probably just because you’ve had a week and wanna laugh for an hour and a half non-stop at three doughy sweaty white dudes.
Why We Chose It
This is one from the vaults, for sure. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this is a play that certainly stands out — at one point we even called it “The Franchise.” We performed it often between 2001 and 2005 (not to mention the other (abridged) titles) and for many of our fans these shows are how they discovered us. We could have revived a lot of productions from out past but not many would be as meaningful and even fewer would keep the 20th anniversary party going the way this does.
We’re also excited that this is a [revised] script that takes some of the best gags and updates from productions all over the world (of course we look forward to adding even more of our own)!
This production, originally produced by Jobsite in March of 2001, played to capacity crowds in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for a 3-week run and has since been brought back in Tampa three times for one-night or one-weekend command performances – all of which have sold out. Jobsite also took the show in 2005 to Largo Cultural Center along with America (abridged) for a weekend. It was named a Top 10 production of 2001 by both Weekly Planet and The Tampa Tribune and continues to be one of Jobsite’s most memorable and popular productions.
- Katrina Stevenson – Director
- Teah Banks – Stage Manager
- David M. Jenkins – David
- Spencer Meyers – Spencer
- Shawn Paonessa – Shawn
- Salem Brophy – Assistant Stage Manager
- Jeremy Douglass – Composer
- David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
- Brian Smallheer – Technical Director
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
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