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April 17, 1993 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Theirs was a theatrical success story writ large--through brevity. With its breakneck, two-hour performances of the Bard's oeuvre, the Reduced Shakespeare Company had sprung from pass-the-hat performances at California Renaissance faires to worldwide tours, crowned with a 50-week run in London's West End. Its "Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" won the Los Angeles-based company acclaim from quarters ranging from the Village Voice to the London Times.
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November 21, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the beginning . . . Amen! The Reduced Shakespeare Company's take on the Good Book--"The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)"--isn't quite that short, but the three-man troupe does keep it under two hours. The show's Southern California premiere takes place Friday at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, as part of Cal State Fullerton's Professional Artists in Residence series; it also plays Pasadena's Caltech on Saturday. Reader's Digest has nothing on these guys.
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March 18, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
To most people, doing a 40-second version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" would be like traveling to New York by tricycle or bathing in a sink: You might be able to do it, but it wouldn't make much sense. After all, Shakespeare is subtlety, breadth, lyrical complexity, musical language--and a lot of words. Chopping his classics to thimble size through hatchet editing and stage mischief is just not done--at least not in polite society.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1993 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Theirs was a theatrical success story writ large--through brevity. With its breakneck, two-hour performances of the Bard's oeuvre, the Reduced Shakespeare Company had sprung from pass-the-hat performances at California Renaissance faires to worldwide tours, crowned with a 50-week run in London's West End. Its "Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" won the Los Angeles-based company acclaim from quarters ranging from the Village Voice to the London Times.
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October 2, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
"When I saw Charlton Heston do 'Macbeth,' it almost turned me off to Shakespeare for my whole life," said Adam Long. Now, Long does Shakespeare full-time. But it isn't Heston's brand of Shakespeare. The Reduced Shakespeare Company--Long, Jess Borgeson and Daniel Singer--cuts out all the fat, whittling the plays into manic three-man romps, ranging from about 2 to 20 minutes. Today, the Reduced opens "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the Cast Theatre in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the beginning . . . Amen! The Reduced Shakespeare Company's take on the Good Book--"The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)"--isn't quite that short, but the three-man troupe does keep it under two hours. The show's Southern California premiere takes place Friday at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, as part of Cal State Fullerton's Professional Artists in Residence series; it also plays Pasadena's Caltech on Saturday. Reader's Digest has nothing on these guys.
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July 12, 2001
"Thirteen Days" (format) "Down to Earth" (VHS/DVD) "Malena" (VHS/DVD) "Monkeybone" (VHS/DVD) "Merce Cunningham: Lifetime of Dance" (VHS/DVD) "Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse" (VHS/DVD) "Who's Dancing Now?"
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December 30, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * L.A.'s own Sandra Tsing Loh performs her solo show "Aliens in America" at the Seattle Repertory's Leo K. Theatre through Jan. 15. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents "The Complete Millennium Musical (Abridged)" in the Bagley Wright Theatre, through Jan. 22. 155 Mercer St. $22 to $39. (206) 443-2210. * The touring production of "Cabaret" comes to the Paramount Theatre, 901 Pine St., Jan. 14-30. $21 to $50. (206) 682-1414.
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June 11, 1989 | SONJA BOLLE
Columnist Dave Barry turns his formidable wit to the subject of American history, with a result reminiscent of the Reduced Shakespeare Company: The better you know the original, the funnier it gets. Barry spoofs the dry-as-dust textbook style with such devices as "reconstructed conversations," dates galore (for simplicity's sake, however, all dates are given as October 8), absurd footnotes (the note for one quoted expert reads: "A friend of ours. You don't know him.") and ridiculous discussion questions ("Whatever happened to the Hessians anyway?
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July 28, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
The July 16 death of Inner City Cultural Center Executive Director C. Bernard Jackson leaves a big question mark over the fate of the institution. One of the Inner City board members said last week that Jackson was the organization's only remaining parent, while board members and other supporters are like aunts and uncles. So who'll take care of the orphan?
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March 18, 1989 | MARK CHALON SMITH
To most people, doing a 40-second version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" would be like traveling to New York by tricycle or bathing in a sink: You might be able to do it, but it wouldn't make much sense. After all, Shakespeare is subtlety, breadth, lyrical complexity, musical language--and a lot of words. Chopping his classics to thimble size through hatchet editing and stage mischief is just not done--at least not in polite society.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
"When I saw Charlton Heston do 'Macbeth,' it almost turned me off to Shakespeare for my whole life," said Adam Long. Now, Long does Shakespeare full-time. But it isn't Heston's brand of Shakespeare. The Reduced Shakespeare Company--Long, Jess Borgeson and Daniel Singer--cuts out all the fat, whittling the plays into manic three-man romps, ranging from about 2 to 20 minutes. Today, the Reduced opens "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the Cast Theatre in Hollywood.
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May 14, 1989 | CHRISTINE ZIAYA
There's a warning in the Reduced Shakespeare Company's theater program. It cautions that the show--a vaudevillian condensation of 33 of the Bard's plays--is not recommended for those with heart ailments, back problems, English degrees, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness. And no wonder. The company members--Jess Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer--are dedicated to filling each performance with frantic activity. The "reduced" show, which opens at the Coronet Theater in West Hollywood on Tuesday and features 16 comedies, 11 tragedies and six histories, gives the actors an advanced aerobic workout as they tumble, leap and jump.
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October 15, 1990 | ANTHONY PERRY
The Great State of California is now engaged in a campaign to elect a governor, and newspapers are choosing up sides. The same was true in 1853 when a scamp from San Diego history named George Horatio Derby, a.k.a. John Phoenix and Squibob, decided to have some sport. Derby was an Army lieutenant and topographical engineer who had been sent to San Diego to tame the ever-flooding San Diego River. He also wrote satire for the San Diego Herald, whose editor, Judson Ames, was a loyal Democrat.
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