Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (Abridged)

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From the theater troupe whose sidesplitting production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] is the longest-running comedy in London's history comes an openly hysterical, yet surprisingly informative, guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the Bard of Avon

Love Shakespeare? You'll like this book. Hate Shakespeare? You'll love this book. From the theatrical company that has been cutting the Bard down to size for more than a dozen years comes a single ...

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Overview

From the theater troupe whose sidesplitting production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] is the longest-running comedy in London's history comes an openly hysterical, yet surprisingly informative, guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the Bard of Avon

Love Shakespeare? You'll like this book. Hate Shakespeare? You'll love this book. From the theatrical company that has been cutting the Bard down to size for more than a dozen years comes a single volume boasting everything you always wanted to know about William Shakespeare's life and work—but couldn't be bothered to ask.

In one slim volume, Reduced Shakespeare delivers the plays, the life, and the legend in twelve easy pieces. What's the theme of Hamlet? Poop or get off the pot. What's essential preparation for an evening of outdoor Shakespeare? Bring lots of coffee . . . and use the bathroom before the show. Liberally sprinkled with lists, definitions, quizzes, essential vocabulary, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company's trademark irreverence and wit, this "reduced" handbook will delight enthusiasts, skeptics, and fledgling fans alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Martin and Tichenor (not to be confused with Martin and Lewis) are managing partners of and performers in the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the group that brought us The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], a comedy show whose popularity spread like a computer virus in an office full of forwarders. This is a darned funny book, with all of the scholarly apparatus one has come to expect from works twice as serious and half as interesting (note the bibliography entry for Marlo Thomas's Free To Be You and William Shakespeare). In 12 pieces, Martin and Tichenor explode a few myths, summarize the Bard's plays and some of his more notable sonnets with considerable verve, and generally take on the Shakespeare industry, which, they write, "consists of people simply guessing about who Shakespeare was and what he wrote." This is the book for people to whom Shakespeare might sound vaguely familiar. Peppered with lists, definitions, and quizzes, it's not an essential purchase for academic libraries, but it is an essential purchase for academics and people who know them. Public libraries should also get a copy.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401302207
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 957,033
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Begun as a pass-the-hat act at California renaissance fairs, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has gone on to create six world-renowned stage shows, four TV programs, and numerous radio pieces. The company has performed at such venerable institutions as the White House, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. Its flagship show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), was London's longest-running comedy, having been performed in the West End for almost ten years. Managing Partners Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor have written and performed the company's wildly successful stage shows since 1989, and their scripts have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Both have performed extensively in the United States, Ireland, and Great Britain. They live in California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    The 'Daily Show' for Shakespeare!

    I finally got a chance to begin reading this, after about having doubled over laughing from 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged' It's hilarious! A lot of Shakespeare purists and scholars might not agree with it, but for anyone even just interested in breaking into Shakespeare and getting a good laugh out of it, it's a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    My Favorite Shakespeare reference

    This book is never boring! it includes all the relevant information, written in the spirit of the Bard-- hysterically!! I give it my highest recommendation. A must for any Shakespeare scholar or book-lover.

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