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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at TSU


Later this summer, a lot of Nashvillians will be visiting the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's production of this very same show, a rollicking, irreverent, improv-laced takeoff on the works of the Bard. The TSU Summer Stock Theatre's production, under the direction of Barry Scott, takes a distinctly huge liberty with authors Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield's popular, oft-staged script: While it's intended for a tight trio of players, Summer Stock have expanded it to an ensemble of nearly 20 young faces. Truth is, showcasing the talent in this format just might work to everyone's benefit, since Complete Works is an off-the-cuff bit of spoofery that mainly requires a lot of energy, and it hits and misses with the Shakespeare jokes anyway. Overall, this version aims to adhere to the intended satirical mood, but also promises to "explore the boundaries of political correctness and racial stereotypes." That may add some seasoning, for sure.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: July 9. Continues through July 25, 2009

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