Episode 256. We Review ‘Anonymous’

Reduced Shakespeare Company PodcastThe Reduced Shakespeare Company took time off from its successful run of The Complete World of Sports (abridged) at the New Victory Theatre in New York City to aim its satirical guns at the much-debated film “Anonymous” and the theories that underlie it.

Joined by theatrical pundit and raconteur Howard Sherman, the members of the RSC (Reed Martin, Matt Rippy, Austin Tichenor, and office manager Alli Bostedt) improvised their review and analysis immediately after the film in the offices of the New Victory Theater.

The RSC has reduced all of American history, the Bible, all the great books, Hollywood’s greatest films, and the complete world of sports, in addition to the show that started it all The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). In November 2011, the RSC will premiere its eighth stage show The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA.

Howard Sherman is an arts management consultant, blogger and Twitter aficionado who has held executive and staff positions with a variety of companies, including the American Theatre Wing, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Goodspeed Musicals and Hartford Stage. He blogs at www.2amtheatre.com and tweets as @hesherman.

Listen and leave comments below. Tickets for The Complete World of Sports (abridged) at the New Victory are available here, and tickets for The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) at Merrimack Repertory Theatre are available here. (Length 26:53)

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5 Responses to Episode 256. We Review ‘Anonymous’

  1. Dan O. says:

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this and how Emmerich kept the story moving well enough to keep me glued, even if it does feel a tad over-dramatic to an extent. Good review. Check out mine when you get the chance.

  2. Nick says:

    William Shakespeare did NOT write the plays. Rather, they were written by another author of the same name.

  3. A very well-balanced review, guys. Personally I can’t wait to see the movie, because it will be an opportunity for me to take many Xanax beforehand. Your listeners may be interested in this former Reducer’s dissection of the whole authorship controversy a couple of years ago.


    FYI, Howard’s concern about the order of scenes in Hamlet: Emmerich seems to have used the order from the First Quarto of 1603… to his credit.

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