The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Ken Friedman

Whoever thought that sitting through one of William Shakespeare’s tragedies could be funnier than watching The Comedy of Errors or Much Ado About Nothing. Well, what if I told you that sitting through all of Shakespeare’s tragedies in one evening will make you laugh so hard you’ll be rolling out of your seat. If you don’t believe me, go see Napa Valley Repertory Theatre’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.

Now playing in Napa’s beautiful Opera House, this production, by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, has a high energy cast including Michael Barr, Andrew Hurteau and Jon Tracy. If you’re an avid theatregoer in the Bay Area, you’ve seen these actors before at A.C.T., Marin Theatre, Aurora, Berkeley Rep., Willows Theatre and more. Though they do cover all of Shakespeare’s plays in one night, they focus on the tragedies because they feel that “they’re the funniest.” Once you see them perform Hamlet, condensed, more condensed, super condensed, then backwards, you’ll have to agree.

Warning! Audience participation is a large part of this production and no one escapes no matter how far down you scrunch into your seat. So loosen up, dress comfortable and become part of the show. Just remember: “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous” actors, Or like Yorick, become a jester.

For tickets or more information about this fun filled evening call (800) 557-6878 or visit

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