Netflix sent me the Reduced Shakespeare Company‘s Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). (for those who haven’t tried it yet, Netflix isn’t perfect, but it’s the only place you can actually RENT anything that isn’t mindless)
I finally got a chance to watch it, while I was avoiding work and playing with the kittens, the ones who actually LIKE me are leaving tomorrow. That sucks but if you KEEP them, they turn into cats.
This comedy troupe from Canada tours around and puts on shows that literate, witty and downright silly. What they do to Bill S.’s work on this dvd is illegal in eight states and at least 2 countries – but well worth watching.
They have also managed to butcher, American History (that seems to be all the rage these days) as well as the Bible (no comment) and are presently touring with a riff on the sacred cash cow Hollywood.
I would advise seeing them in public but in lieu of that, watching and/or buying the dvds or at least the Book: Reduced Shakespeare the Attention Impaired Reader’s Guide to the World’s Best Playwrite. I haven’t seen it yet, but I can’t see them getting that vast amount of manic energy into 256 pages. But I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Richard Armour took a few stabs at this sort of thing. If they are half as funny, it may be worth the $12 bucks. (reduced. of course)