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. Bonnie W. Carlson says:

    I agree! I completely buy the implausibility. It is absolutely implausible. Very easy to buy that. Well said. And love the Happy Days allusion. Jumping the shark should hereby be the phrase to sum up the utter self-destruction of any artistic endeavor. B is an appropriate grade as this film should be seen with a buzz. I too loved Christopher Guest as Anne Boleyn. And the epiphany that Tom Hulce wrote Shakespeare’s plays? Priceless! I laughed, I cried, it was the feel-good review of the year!

  2. Patricia says:

    I too could not really wait to see the movie, so I saw it the Saturday that it opened. I agree that the costuming was outstanding; I rather liked the acting. But the STORY – Yikes! Any relation between history and this really was coincidental! I mean, the Essex rebellion did do a Shakespeare play beforehand, but it was Richard II, and Robert Cecil had a bad leg, he wasn’t a hunchback. The whole plot, I think, set back the cause of the DeVere afficionados back about 200 years. Not that I mind. I think the whole DeVere theory is elitist. Thanks for your review. It was good to be able to listen you all your opinions!

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