Sunday, March 12, 2006

East Bank Theater frappily hacktures Wm Shkspr - abridged - Mar 17, 18, 19

“The Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)” opened March 10 at East Bank Theatre with a three-man cast. The farce compresses all of William Shakespeare’s plays into a manic 90 minutes. Too, there's a 15-minute intermission.

Director Heather Peak Hooper promises "No moments of seriousness. That’s right. Even the tragedies – “Hamlet,” “Othello,” “Romeo and Juliet,” et. al. – get a send-up. In fact, “Hamlet,” gets the second half by itself. The play is, after all, considered Mr. S’s masterpiece."

Actors Pat Maxey, Nate Wasson and Michael Blake Powell are the Bard's servants.

From the opening use of composer Cole Porter’s “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” to the conclusion with the three actors playing “Hamlet” backward, the show tries not to miss a comedic trick, says Hooper. And at several points, the audience is brought into the play.

“The Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) is scheduled at 8 p.m. March 17-18 and at 2 p.m. March 19 at East Bank Theatre, 630 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors, students and military.

Reservations: 741-8310.

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