Starring: Josh Taylor, Matthew Gordon
& Joe Pierce
Directed by: Sharee Lemos
“The Complete History of America (Abridged)” was written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor (a.k.a. The Reduced Shakespeare Company). Written for 3 men, it is a play that shamelessly skewers U.S. history from its very beginnings (Vespucci discovers America) right up to the middle of 20th century.
“The Complete History of America (Abridged)” will be presented on May 6, 7: 13, 14, 15; and 20, 21.
Sharee (Lemos) Pierce directs.
“...Just as the company's members good-naturedly bash the Bard in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), so do they cheerfully run riot over five-hundred years of our country's history. During the manic, ninety-minute program...[they] mine dozens of landmark events and trends for comic gold.... ...Not only do they know how to give American history an irreverent boost, they actually turn it into something accessible and alive.”Pamela Sommers, The Washington Post “...THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA interprets the past as a breathlessly paced sequence of silly vaudeville sketches, word-association games, puns and crude parodies of movie and television genres. Nothing is sacred, and many of the facts have been skewed to suggest the paranoid ravings of a particularly loony tabloid....”Stephen Holden, The New York Times “..In a series of sketches that move at breakneck speed, the Reduced Shakespeare Company scampers through American history.... ...This HISTORY OF AMERICA should be a required course.”Terry Byrne, The Boston Herald “History has never been this much fun. Or as delightfully mutilated.... Doubtless, reputable historians like Will and Ariel Durant would cringe at this slapstick telling of the American saga. But the rest of us can just giggle uncontrollably....”Bill Brownstein, The Gazette (Montreal)