If you donât like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destinyâs Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the worldâs most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) is probably not for you. But if you do, Post5 Theatreâs third annual production of the comedyâwhich tears through all of the Bardâs 37 plays in 90 minutesâis a good bit of fun. Directed by Cassandra Boice, the show stars Chip Sherman, Alex Klein and Ty Boice, who all contribute some of Post5âs signature contemporary spin. âDo you bite your thumb at me, dude?â begins Romeo and Juliet, a swift seven-minute romp that includes cross-dressing, ribbon-dancing and an epilogue performed in barbershop-quartetlike vocals. The histories become rather violent football games, and Othello is a beat-boxed, laser light-illuminated rap show. Some of the jokes are a little off-color, but the cast shines with impressive flexibility and chemistry throughout, as well as an amusing willingness to laugh at themselves. Highlights include Ty Boiceâs perfectly timed splash of water to the face to signify a drowning Ophelia, Shermanâs over-the-top, boa-wearing nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Kleinâs pompous air of intelligence as the narrator. âAllâs well that finally ends,â one of them says, and with a reverse-order Hamlet, this yearâs version of Complete Works definitely ends well.
SEE IT: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) is at Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., postfivetheatre.wix.com. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Sundays through June 28. $15.