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Article from Tampa Bay Times

   Review: Onstage lunacy makes 'Shakespeare/Abridged' a must-see

Okay, so maybe you were turned off by the very thought of a play by William Shakespeare somewhere in your sophomore year of high school, back when you were more attracted by sports or band or the person three rows up in Algebra 1 class than a lecture on Macbeth.

Or perhaps you've seen The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, somewhere else and think once is enough.

Forget all that. The Shakespeare/Abridged playing at Richey Suncoast Theatre II, Charlie and Marie Skelton's Cabaret, isn't "real Shakespeare," even though the Bard of Avon's words are generously scattered throughout the play. And it isn't exactly like the one you saw somewhere else.

Sure, this is still a zany version of all 37 Shakespeare plays, plus 154 of his sonnets, condensed to about two hours, including intermission. But it's new and updated, with ad-libs and crazy physical humor that is seriously physical, and especially effective since you're sitting on stage, often less than 3 feet from the flying "swords" and knives and flailing arms and legs of the actors.

Even so, have you seen Othello done in rap, Hamilton-style, with foot stomps, hand claps and couplets that would make both Shakespeare and Lin Manuel-Miranda giggle? Or a Juliet (of Romeo and Juliet) with a 5 o'clock shadow? Or several Shakespeare plays condensed into one wild and crazy football game? Or all 16 of Shakespeare's comedies mashed into one madcap five-minute play? Or Macbeth lugging around a golf bag (after all, it is set in Scotland)?

And it's also different from what you might have seen before because it stars four of Richey Suncoast's (nay, the entire area's) best actors (I would have said "the best" except that RST has a deep bench of fine male performers in addition to these four) — brothers Mitchell Gonzalez (Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie) and Patrick Gonzalez (Lancelot in Spamalot) and a second set of gifted brothers, Brian Moran (title role in Young Frankenstein) and Patrick Moran (Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Igor in Frankenstein). There's no human way to resist these talented young men, who work together like the brothers and/or good friends they are.

(You probably should know that two of them stepped in at the last moment when another actor had to drop out — but I'm not saying which two because there's no way you can tell it, they are all so good.)

The show is usually done in one 90-minute act, but the RST version is expanded to two hours by a comically sincere introduction by Patrick Gonzalez, an intermission and an extended version after version after version of what many Shakespeare aficionados consider the perfect play, which would be Hamlet, but not the Hamlet, much less the Ophelia and Gertrude (both done by Patrick Moran) you might expect.

There's audience participation, and a couple of spit takes that call for the kind of ponchos one might don at a Gallagher watermelon smash. And even though there are some off-color asides, double entendres and muttered obscenities, they go by so fast, the younger set probably won't catch them. So this could be considered suitable for all ages.

As with Shakespeare, there is wordplay: Mitchell Gonzalez patiently explains that being a "pre-eminent" Shakespearean scholar doesn't mean he is a superior scholar; the "pre" makes it mean that he is "before" being eminent, and that's why he knows little, if anything, about the subject at hand.

The lunacy on stage couldn't happen without a lot of behind-the-scenes support, starting with director Emily Nettnin, who managed to corral the on-stage foursome without dampening their energy, enthusiasm,and abundant talents. Stage manager Adam Sieber kept the action going, with the help of his crew — Brittany Gonzalez, Suzanne Meck and Janine Moran. Light designer Matt Beil and light board operator Garrett Case added to the comedy. And producer Marie Skelton made sure everything was where it should be.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, at 8 p.m. April 22 and 29, and 2:30 p.m. April 23 and 30, at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $25, open seating. Call (727) 842-6777 or at the box office before the show.

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