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Subject: Reduced Shakespeare Company
Date Posted: 3/28/2011 10:37 AM ET
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Sitting in a book store last night, I read the script for the Reduced Shakespeare Company version of "The Complete Works of Shakespeare."  All I can say is, HEE HEE HEE. smiley  (It's hilarious.)  Now I have to see it performed.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Complete-Works-William-Shakespeare-Reduced/book/1557831572/

I'm teaching a high school Shakespeare class this year, so I've been reading lots of his plays and attending occasional performances--so I was ready to enjoy some Shakespeare humor.  Has anyone else read or seen this?

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 5:44 PM ET
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DS had to attend a performance at a local university for a high school class.  It was something else!  If I remember correctly, I didn't like a few things, but many things were quite hilarious.  Of course, the kids loved it!

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 6:18 PM ET
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Have seen the Reduced Shakespeare Company perform a couple of times --  the first work was the Complete Works of Shakespeare; the second was the Bible. My kids, hubby, and I loved both works -- thought they were very funny. We were also able to check out the DVD from the library -- which we then loaned to my daughter's HS English teacher who showed it to the class. So, if you're unable to find a live performance, you may be able to use your library.

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 7:02 PM ET
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We took our kids to see The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare Abridged in London, and even my 5 year old (at the time) laughed out loud. There are several Reduced Shakespeare videos available on netflix. We watched one about the states, i can't remember its title. It was mildly amusing but not quite as hilarious as the Shakespeare show. Of course, live, it was brilliant because the actors improvised with the audience a little bit.

Date Posted: 4/9/2011 10:05 AM ET
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Oooh.. I didn't know they had a DVD!  I'll have to see if my library has it. :)

I just found out that the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be performing the play in June. Yay!  Several of the students in my Shakespeare class want to go. 

Hmmm.  My in-laws and my sister have Netflix.  I'll have to look for Reduced Shakespeare Co. titles when I'm visiting.