EAC Theatre Department presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)”
By Jessica Morgenthaler
Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Arts Department will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” October 16-18, at 7:30 p.m., and October 19, at 2 p.m. The play will be held in the SC-3 Theater, on EAC’s south campus, and directed by EAC Theater instructor, John Rice.
In less than two hours, three actors preform 37 legendary stories in one production. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” is for the Shakespeare enthusiast, and also the Shakespeare non-enthusiast,” says Rice. “It presents a modern, comedic twist on all of Shakespeare’s plays.” Rice, who has directed this play in the past, also says that, “audience responses have been overwhelmingly positive!”
In his review of the play for the New York Times, Michael Musto says “This irreverent deconstruction of Shakespeare’s work makes a dilly of poor Willy. A fantasia of zany energy that throws together Monty Python-ish drag and Mel Brooks-ish anything-for-a-laugh gags.”
“The three hilarious characters are played by Elizabeth Broeder, Tyler Fox, and R.J. Callaway, who mock the Bard outrageously, along with mocking the audience, and even mocking themselves. This parody is full of great laughs, despite the fact that it is (loosely) based on great English literature,” concludes Rice.
Admission for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” is $5 per person. Full-time EAC students will be admitted free with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling EAC’s Ticket Office at (928) 428-8228.