The Bard gets condensed in the name of comedy
An abridged version of this spotlight would read as such:
"Actors perform humorous rendition that mashes each of Shakespeares play into one quick, chaotic run. Also, other things happen this weekend."
That is the gist, anyway. "The Compleat Work of Wm Shakespeare (Abridged)" is the quick-firing, Fringe festival favorite parody of the Bard's works; each and every one of them. From an easily digestible "Henry VI Pt. 2" to the world's shortest version of "Hamlet" (the Prince of Denmark goes from angsty to dead in under a minute), three actors comprise the entire cast.
Shakespeare St. Louis, which recently staged the bard's politcal-thrilleresque tragedy "Coriolanus," is fighting gravity with levity by following up with this unofficial adaptation. The play will run this weekend and next weekend. Expect to be entertained: this rose smells as sweet, if not sweeter, than the real thing.
The Muny will run classic "The King and I," Jazz at the Bistro will hold a Cabaret Conference, with classes and shows, and the St. Peters Community Theatre debuts the original "Red, White and Tuna."
The King and I
Where: The Muny, 1 Theatre Dr., Forest Park, St. Louis
When: 8:15 p.m. Aug. 6 - 12
How much: Free - $80
St. Louis Cabaret Festival
Where: Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Ave.
When: 8 p.m. Friday - Sunday, Aug. 10-12
How much: $20 a night
The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare (Abridged)
Where: The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 11, 17 and 18; 2 p.m. Aug. 12 and 19
How much: $25 general, $20 seniors, $15 students
Red, White and Tuna
Where: St. Peters Cultural Center, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11; 2 p.m. Aug. 12
How much: $15