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English theatre review - The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (abridge),performed by The Reduced Shakespeare Company.

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English theatre review The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (abridge), performed by The Reduced Shakespeare Company. The actors: Christian Malcom Walter Lewis Rick Bland The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridge) is about all Shakespeare's plays performed in about 2 hours. It is a hilariously fast moving comedy. The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridge) starts with a brief, completely inaccurate biography of Shakespeare's life mixed up with Hitler's by Christian Malcom. Then the three actors introduced themselves and talked about the plays that they were going to perform. The way that the actors started the play by giving information about what they are going to perform is really good because the audience will know what the actors are performing. ...read more.

Middle

Here is a rough sketch of the stage where the actors performed. The lights were on again and Walter Lewis appeared in a Shakespearian costume and introduced the first act. In the first act, some of the play the actors performed was a rap version of Othello, a cooking show version of Titus Andronicus and Shakespeare's history plays in a football game. After each of Shakespeare plays was presented, the actors have less than a minute to change their costume. Sometimes the actors even came in wearing a wrong costume. There are not much sounds effect used in the first act. The lighting designer used the same lighting effect using the spotlight when the actors introduced themselves, in the rap version Of Othello. ...read more.

Conclusion

The lighting designer used good light effects to set the scenes. In one part where the actors performed, the lights turned blue to indicate a night scene. Sometimes the lights were too dark and it was difficult to see the actors. The props that the actors have used were little props like plastic swords, a plastic dagger, a vase and more. It is important to use some kind of props when presenting a play because the props would make the play wore interesting and more understandable. The actors used appropriate props in each scene. The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridge) ended with the "Hamlet" sequence, which the actors re-enacted three times, at double-speed, hyper-speed and even backwards. Overall The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridge) was a very successful comedy play and I really enjoyed it. I am really impressed on the actor's performances. The actors took their parts well in each scene. ...read more.

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