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Sep, 2014

Hilarious Shakespeare Romp is Uni’s featured Fall performance

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[Posted September 8, 2014] William Shakespeare wrote 37-plus plays, many of which are considered among the finest ever conceived in the English language.

Pictured above: A not-completely-thrilled William Shakespeare will have all 37 of his works featured – in one night – by the Uni Theatre Arts corps in November.

If you’d like to see them all (sort of) in a single sitting, check out “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” from the Uni Theatre Arts department, offered in four performances this November.

The work is a hilarious send-up of Shakespeare’s works, created in 1987 by American stage performers and writers Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. It was an immediate hit in its initial performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ran for more than nine years at the Criterion Theatre in London.

Compacting Shakespeare’s complete catalog into 97 minutes took some doing, but the program begins with “Romeo and Juliet” and ends with an astonishing, bi-directional sashay through “Hamlet.”

Uni’s Director of Theatre Arts Ronnie Sperling (a 1976 Uni grad) promises a fun and fast-paced program, which will be staged on-campus at the Stivelman Theatre, on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays on November 14-15 and 21-22.

We’ll have more information on tickets as soon as available, or check the Uni Web site for follow-up details.

Sperling has also released details of the Spring 2015 show: “Into The Woods,” which he calls a “Broadway Musical-Faery Tale Mash-up.” It’s also slated for four performances, on May 8-9-15-16 of 2015.

A one-sheet summary of the 2014-15 Uni theatre season can be accessed here.

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