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 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.

Product Details

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

About 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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Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (Abridged) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So, you've watched The compleat works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and wanted to learn more. Oh. You haven't watched the Reduced Shakespeare Co.'s play at all? Well, get thee hence and do it, otherwise this book will not make any sense at all. There. You've seen it? Good.Right, so after watching the Compleat Works, you now need to read the Compleat Guide to Shakespeare: his life, his works, his movies. And in this hysterical (yet surprisingly informative) guide, you will be treated to one of the most irreverent biographies and literary criticisms you've ever read. They include a short criticism of every play, and then go through movie versions and tell you which versions they think are the most notable (if any exist at all), rating each on a scale of 0 to 5 bards. In the movies section, they also include those movies that are somewhat loosely based on Shakespeare's plays, such as 10 Things I Hate About You. They're not afraid to tell it like they see it, and I was somewhat gratified to see that they disliked (one and two bards, respectively)the same two versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream that I detested in college. In fact, the movie section is worth the price of the book, and I'm holding onto my library copy a little longer so I can make a note of the ones I want to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.