[Local Buzz] See Shakespeare’s Complete Works (Abridged) In Manteo
UNC Pembroke is bringing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) to Roanoke Island Festival Park this month.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s University Theatre, in partnership with the Roanoke Island Festival Park Performance Series, will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, performed in 97 minutes, by a company of seven UNCP students. This irreverent deconstruction of Shakespeare’s work makes a dilly of poor Willy.
The play is a fantasia of zany energy that throws together Monty Python-ish drag and Mel Brook-ish anything-for-a-laugh gags. The production is a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. The gung-ho vitality is impossible to resist. The conversion of the histories into a football game is very funny. So is a rap version of OTHELLO. HAMLET truly soars and allows the actors to come into their own as manic clowns.
At its giddiest, its tone recalls the fabled Bullwinkle cartoon shows.
Now in its’ fourth year of touring to the park The UNCP Summer Theatre Company includes seven actors, including Dalton Hoffer, Comfort Johnson, Rakeem Lawrence, Carmella Nucci, Morgan Pettigrew, Stephen Shane, and Justin Winters.
UNC Pembroke will present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) inside the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19.
Showtime is 7pm both nights.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, and can be purchased in advance at the Festival Park Visitors Center or on the night of the event.