We just got back from an evening at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, where a cast of three performed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). We're still laughing, and I suspect we will be laughing a lot, for a long time -- whenever we think of this crazy production.
Mark D. Hines, David Kortemeier, and Thomas Anthony Quinn offer a refined (sort of . . . not) take on 36 plus 1 plays, and even some of Shakespeare's sonnets (if you sit in the right seat and read really really fast) while changing costumes, sets, and lines. This production involves campers, audience participation, and country music, all put to good use as they offer a breathtaking look at some of the best (as well as some of the not-so-best) work of William Shakespeare -- breathtaking in the sense of "I can't believe they just said (did) that."
If you get a chance to catch this production -- or any of the other plays at this year's refreshed and refreshing festival -- run, don't walk. It's worth the effort! You can check out dates and times here.