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TEANECK NEW THEATRE PRESENTS THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
Teaneck New Theatre (TNT)—in association with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC)—is presenting The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), an antic parody by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. The stage is set for September 18-27 at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack. Curtain time is 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 PM on Sundays.
Directed by Michael Burdick of Linden, with a set designed by N. Haledon resident Patt Tanner, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is performed by three actors in a speedy 97 minutes. This witty spoof, encompassing all 37 Shakespeare plays and including the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet (43 seconds), has been translated into dozens of languages and is one of the most frequently produced shows internationally.
Love Shakespeare or hate him, it doesn't matter. It’s the play that is the thing. According to New York Times drama critic Ben Brantley, “The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) embodies one of comedy’s most essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered. 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.”
Not content with presenting Hamlet from start to finish in 43 seconds, audiences are also treated to the fastest-ever performance of Hamlet backwards (time: 42 seconds), plus Shakespeare’s history plays staged as a football game, a rap version of Othello, and much, much more.
An innovative feature of TNT’s production is that the play will be presented on alternate weekends with two different casts: all male during the first weekend and all female on the second weekend. The multi-talented actors performing September 18, 19 and 20 are Michael Caldwell of Teaneck, Geoffrey Waumans of Clifton and Craig Woodward of Little Falls. The versatile actors onstage September 25, 26 and 27 are Rockaway, N.J. resident Shannon Barkocy, Woodbridge resident Corinne Chandler and Newark resident Shiva Kiani.
Victoria Waumans of Clifton is stage manager. Beatriz Esteban-Messina of Union City serves as producer.
Tickets for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. Visit TNT’s web site at www.go-tnt.org for directions to the theatre and for credit card ticket purchases.
Michael Caldwell takes in the action as Craig Woodward and Geoffrey Waumans show
why Complete Works is a true knock-out.
Shannon Barkocy and Shiva Kiani demonstrate why The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare means a killer time for one and all.
Photos courtesy of Teaneck