The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) | Saint Luke's Episcopal Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Caitlin Aase, Deborah Craft, and Liz Dillard

Caitlin Aase, Deborah Craft, and Liz Dillard

Albert Trefts III

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 14 2017
Price: $25
Evanston's plucky little Piccolo Theatre puts a fresh spin on this popular 1987 comedy show, in which three actors race through the Shakespearean canon, parodying the classic plays while reminding us that the Bard of Avon was first and foremost a man of the theater whose mission was to entertain. Written (and originally performed) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield—aka the Reduced Shakespeare Company—this 90-minute romp is here enacted by three young women in street clothes, who playfully switch characters with the aid of an array of costume accessories, cheap wigs, goofy accents, and silly props as they race through comically condensed renditions of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, et al. The production—performed with minimal lighting in the second-floor multipurpose room of an Evanston church, Piccolo's temporary home—has a charmingly handmade and in-your-face quality. Under Nicole Keating's direction, the talented cast—Caitlin Aase, Deborah Craft, and Liz Dillard—bring a breathless, improvisational feel to the performance, aided by selective use of audience involvement and a slew of updated jokes. —Albert Williams



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