FAST. FUNNY. PHYSICAL…
REDUCING EXPECTATIONS SINCE 1981.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. The “Bad Boys of Abridgment” have created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The company’s itinerary has included stops Off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End… Continue reading →
American Theatre devotes four pages of its December 2014 issue to a "reduced" history of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Featuring interviews with founding members Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, critic Bob Mondello, and managing partners Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, it only manages to cover the RSC's first decade or so -- clearly a sequel article will be required!
From writer Brad Hathaway's opening:
Shakespeare wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit”. Had he seen his complete works abridged by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, would he have added “…but this is ridiculous”?
It's a terrific piece. Read the whole thing here.