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- Weekly Planet Top 10 Performance of 2001
- Tampa Tribune 2001 Season Highlight
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.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) embodies one of comedy’s most essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered. A mix of pratfalls, puns, willful misreadings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. The gung-ho vitality is impossible to resist.” — Ben Brantley, The New York Times
In this cult hit written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the full works of the Bard have been edited into just 90 minutes. All 16 comedies are distilled into one short extract 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 Abridgement condense his complete works into a single theatrical experience.
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.
“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.” – St. Petersburg Times
Cast & Crew
- Katrina Stevenson – Director
- Jason Evans – Jason
- David M. Jenkins – David
- Shawn Paonessa – Shawn
- Summer Bohnenkamp – Stage Manager
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer/Props Master
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