The first volume of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's BBC show presents the Bard as you've rarely seen him - high energy and hilarious. Here are Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet in severely abridged form, presented with the help of bizarre impressions, highly theatrical reenactments, dubious facts, audio footnotes, and the "sound effect of the day". No Shakespeare knowledge required, although those familiar with the Bard will likely get a special kick out of the proceedings. Reminiscent of Kids in the Hall if they were a particularly talented college English troupe.
Encouraged by their success, they quit their day jobs, went broke, and wrote their first full-length show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which played to 50 weeks of sold-out houses in London's Arts Theatre.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show: Volume 1 contains two half-hour episodes (Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet) of the Company's infamous BBC World Service radio series, in which they chronicle the life and work of William Q. Shakespeare.
The soul of wit: don't miss Volumes 2 and 3 of The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show.
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"Comic gold." (The Washington Post)
"Stupendous, anchorless joy." (The London Times)
"Gloriously, relaxingly funny." (The Financial Times - London)
Shakespeare is only funnier if you see these guys in person. In this PG-13 offering of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, the Reduced Shakespeare Company spends an often hilarious, always amusing 30-minutes on each play. Taken from their radio programme, the RSC is in true form with laugh out loud jokes, occasional insight into the Bard, and some randy humor (especially in Romeo and Juliet).
Had not heard of these people but picked it up intending to listen to it in the car after a Shakespeare festival. It seemed rather sophmoric and uninspired. Don't get me wrong, I even love Benny Hill, Daily Show, and Mad TV, but this just was just lame. My daughter didn't laugh even once. I chuckled on a few times.
I love Shakespeare, and I love improv, but I was sadly disappointed by this. It seemed terribly inane, didn't quite have the energy to carry their ideas. Ah, well....
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