Reduced Shakespeare Company 

For more than 25 years the overeducated fools of the Reduced Shakespeare Company have been taking tomes and epic histories--the Bible, the Ring Cycle, the history of Western civ--and boiling them down into frantic, physical, highly concentrated 90-minute comedies. Their first show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), gave them their name and made them internationally famous. They've been touring for years, with extended runs in Washington, D.C., and London, where for ten years they had three shows running in repertory. Except for one-night stands in far-flung suburbs, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has never made it to Chicago before. This fall a pair of shows get a two-month run at the Royal George: the condensed history Completely Hollywood (Abridged) and the infamous The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged). Writers Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor will perform early in the run, to be replaced by other performers later on. a Tue 10/2-Sun 12/2, Royal George Theatre Center. --Jack Helbig

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