The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Ellen Cribbs, Arin Mulvaney, and Jill Matel

Ellen Cribbs, Arin Mulvaney, and Jill Matel

Dan Osborn

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 3 2016
Price: $25, $15 students and seniors
There are those who think that Shakespeare’s plays need to be translated into an accessible language of sight gags and fart jokes in order to be appreciated by semi-educated modern audiences. This aptly describes the committee that thought up The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). Less a play than a long, dumbed-down SNL skit, it skewers Shakespeare’s plots and language in service of a highlight reel of choice bits that pretty much shreds everything that ever mattered to anyone encountering the Bard of Avon. The play makes Shakespeare look stupid, and the actors apparently go along with that—is this what these people actually believe, or is it just cheap shtick for cheap laughs? —Max Maller

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