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

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

by Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401302207
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
909,513
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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