The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): Fast-Paced, Irreverent Take on the Bard
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This "play" was incredibly disappointing. It was more like a frat house gag show than an effort to actually synthesize Shakespeare's work into one piece. There was great potential in the concept for creating something inventive, suprising, funny, illuminating, and even moving. Instead, hammy and poorly acted performances, combined with writing and direction obsessed with pointless pop culture references, timeworn gags and bad puns, made this truly an afternoon to forget. This is the kind of stuff my brother and I improvised in our living room when we were young teenagers, and we certainly never considered charging admission for it. I left at the intermission.
Warning: The over-the-top praise in so many posts here for this play makes it clear that people associated with the production (or their friends) are probably stuffing the customer comments with fake reviews.
Postscript: Three readers have selected my review as "Not Useful" since I posted it only a few hours ago. Since that designation here, or on sites like Amazon, is usually given only to people who attack randomly without making any effort at intelligent, specific criticism, I can only conclude this is more evidence that people assocated with the show are improperly trying to manipulate these reviews. The feedback here simply doesn't ring true...it's too uniformly, hyperbolically positive for such a forgettable, throwaway trifle of a play. Unfortunately, having attended many events through Goldstar (most of which were good), I'm now realizing that the contrived reviews for this play are not an isolated case. That's a real shame.
Post-postscript: The review, "So funny— slapstick Shakespeare! They must be the three most talented entertainers in LA...." gets "5 out of 5 found this review useful," and the same for many other reviews which don't provide any useful specifics, just blanket praise ("This was one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. My daughter and I are still laughing two days later."---3 out of 3 found it useful, etc.) On the other hand, the person who dared to write: "I found it to be more silly than funny, which is really a shame because I was really looking forward to this play," gets "0 out of 5 found this review useful," although it's actually a more specific bit of commentary. I love Goldstar, but these reviews aren't legitimate. Clearly, most of these comments and subsequent "Useful/Not Useful" review ratings are shamelessly bogus self-promotion. Even the readers on Amazon would never stoop this low.
"Absolutely hilarious, witty and probably the most electrifying play I've seen in recent memory—BARD none.
These three actors have more talent than should be ever possible.
5 of 5 people found this review useful"
"hilarious! especially the ending :) and you don't need to know shakepeare's play to die laughing!
6 of 7 people found this review useful"
"This irreverent play is hilarious. I told my co-worker that I would refund her money for the ticket if she doesn't enjoy it. I am going to go back again.
7 of 7 people found this review useful"
THE REVIEWERS DOTH PRAISE TOO MUCH, METHINKS.
Post-post-postscript: My rating is now up to "1 out of 6," further validating my point. And be aware (as I'm sure these posters are) that the highest number of "useful" votes gets the user reviews the premium spots at the top of the web page.
Quotes & Highlights
- "the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime" -Montreal Gazette
<p>All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London's longest-running comedy - 10 years at the Criterion Theatre. Praised by the Los Angeles Times as "wildly funny" and by the Montreal Gazette as "the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime".</p> <p> WARNING: This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare's plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The RSC cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers.</p>