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‘Shakespeare (Abridged)’ awash in laughter

Theres a battle going on in the Tryon Little Theaters totally insane “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” to play the Workshop November 12 to 15 and November 19 to 22. Actually, a bunch of battles, considering were dealing with warring kings, heads being lopped off, poisonings, stabbings, and lots of other fun stuff.

Come on, were dealing here with King Lear, Romeo, Juliet, Othello, Titus Andronicus, King John, Richard II, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and similar charmers.

And then theres Hamlet, and his sword fight with Laertes. Director Neela Muoz gives interesting directions to her actors, such as telling them to ad lib during their frenzied duel, “Swish swish ha, ting, ting, ha ha, swish swish, ting.” And to find out what on earth all thats about, you need to see a performance.

Lets just say that as the duel wears on, Hamlet gets tired of the whole thing and says to his still-battling opponent, “Laertes, yo! Reposte, coupe, coup dtat, caf au lait, disarmez!” (Cut him some slack Hamlet didnt do all that well in French at school.)

The actors in this whole foolish business Nathan Bartlett, Connie and Elvin Clark, Hamilton Goodman, Linda Roberts, and Nancy Winker spend rehearsals laughing themselves silly as they watch each other cavort in this show, with more stage business than any of them has ever had in any show in their lives.

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