The Complete Works of William Shakespeare; [Abridged]
Toward the end of April, I took the time to watch a hilarious play at Lonestar College called “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare; [Abridged]” This play was not like anything I have ever seen, and definitely not what I had been expecting. “The Complete Works…” took thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s best sonnets and tragedies such as “Hamlet” and “Othello”, and transformed them into a wonderful show that takes on aspects of a cooking show, a football game, a rap concert, and several other genres that Shakespeare himself probably never considered.
The satirical play performed by my own schoolmates began with a parody of “Romeo and Juliet”. A Montague and a Capulet went onstage ranting about how much they hate each other, when the prince went out to separate them. When Juliet appeared on the stage, Romeo confessed his feelings for her, but Juliet reminds him that unfortunately they can never be together. Juliet then created a fake and ridiculous balcony scene and even mixed up some words in the script to make it funnier.
With this same state of mind, the play continues into “Titus Andronicus” in the form of a very cannibalistic cooking show. It was told in the form of a human recipe, adding some new crazy ingredients to the mix. Shortly after these atrocious recipes begins a hilarious gangsta rap about “Othello” The rest of the first part consists of several plays by Shakespeare all mashed up and overlapping each other.
The student actors later combined all histories into one big football game of catch-the-crown, with obviously, the king’s crown portraying a football. In a later scene, a duel took place emphasizing “Macbeth’s” downfall in really lousy accents. At the very end, the characters realized that they forgot to perform one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies; “Hamlet”. An actor became too nervous about performing such difficult play, so he just bailed, so another actor had to go chasing after...
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