Critical Response Shakespeare

Critical Response Shakespeare - Samantha Zid THE 191, Mr....

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Samantha Zid THE 191, Mr. Bain Critical Response 5/4/2011 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” When I walked into The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” on Wednesday, June 1 st , 5 minutes after the show started I was a little confused. However, it didn’t take long for the actors to get me laughing. When Justin McCombs came out dressed as Juliet dancing to the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black I doubt anyone could help but burst out in laughter. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield and in this adaption, was directed by Alan Smithee. The production tackled the challenge of presenting all of the works of Shakespeare in only 97 minutes. While the comedies and histories were lumped together, the tragedies were explained in a little more detail. As a whole the production was extremely entertaining due to the witty script, talented actors, and creative artistic vision. The artistic vision of the production was led by producing artistic director Brian Issac Phillips. The set, lighting, sound, and costume designs were all extremely understated, which worked with the tone of the play. The costume
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