Campus Event: Shakespeare Unabridged – Thomas Baker

Shakespeare abridged script, William is depicted with a clown nose

I typically am a fan of Shakespeare and am decently acquainted with his work, though not an expert by any means. However, I didn’t know what to expect coming into this show, and it was nothing like I had tried to imagine it. The play is titled The Complete Works of Shakespeare (unabridged). Contrary to its somewhat fancy-sounding name, this was actually a parody piece full of crude humor and slap-stick comedy. Once I removed my preconceived notions about what Shakespeare should be, I actually really enjoyed it. Part of my enjoyment I think was out of pure respect. The show had a cast of two! Not only is slapstick, physical humor extremely hard to pull off, but the two actors had to carry the energy of the entire show by themselves. Not to mention the fact that they had to memorize loads of character’s lines across all of Shakespeare’s plays. I think anyone who is looking for a short, light-hearted form of entertainment would very much enjoy the show, but someone expecting a serious piece of Shakespearean art would be quite disappointed.

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