The world premiere of William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) opened April 23-24, 2016 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and critics and audiences agree: Long Lost Shakes "...is an absolute, resolute, hoot, of a bawdy comedy of errors!" Broadway World

"A breathlessly irreverent and pun-filled romp!” Washington Post

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Whether praising "the lickety-split pacing [and] cheerfully impudent tone" (Washington Post) or the "rapid-fire scenes, slapstick, [and] witty repartee" (DC Theatre Scene), the consensus seems to be, “Whatever you’re doing, stop now. Run – do not walk; run – to...the glorious ray of sunshine that is William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).” (DC Metro)

"The Reduced Shakespeare Company has always been a hybrid of highbrow and low humor, and this show hits that sweet spot to appeal to all comers." DC Theatre Scene

RSC_165"A fast-moving - no make that dizzying - paced work of comic artistry. It is vaudeville for our times." DC Metro

"Shakespeare as you've never imagined!" Washington Post

"An absolutely perfect Shakespeare tribute with something to please everyone, regardless of familiarity with the language." DC Metro

"Very, very funny; fearless, quick witted… It's the kind of tribute Shakespeare himself would have appreciated." Broadway World

"A truly rowdy, whip-smart ride!" DC Metro

"Dueling-Fairy Fan Fiction!" American Theatre

"There is no need to brush up your Shakespeare to enjoy William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!" DC Metro

"Hilariously skewed look at the works of the Bard of Avon." Talkin’ Broadway

"A non-stop crowd pleaser!" Metro Weekly

"Gloriously funny! Don't miss it!" Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor and the book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

https://twitter.com/ken_ludwig/status/729445081371934720

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Photos by Teresa Wood. Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library