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Rushing through the Bards best plays
Thespians to perform several Shakespearean works this week
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‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged’

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 25-27 and 2 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28

Where: Habersham Community Theater, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville

How much: $15

More info: www.habershamtheater.org

How can three men present Shakespeare’s 37 plays in 97 minutes? Very creatively, in a Monty Python meets “Saturday Night Live” meets “The Carol Burnett” Show lampoon of Shakespeare’s body of work.

Several plays may only get a passing mention, but audience members will get a good picture of the storyline, even if it’s a totally new to them.

In the tragic juggernaut of Romeo and Juliet, the three men portray various characters. For example, Steve Grizzard narrates the tale and portrays the priest while Chris Parker plays Benvolio, Tybalt and the dainty, virginal Juliet. Justin Dudkiewicz plays Samson, Juliet’s busty nurse and a randy Romeo.

Another example is one of Shakespeare’s early plays, “Titus Andronicus.” In one of his bloodiest and goriest tales, the three thespians turn the play including ritual sacrifice, rape, bodily mutilation, murder, torture and cannibalism into a cooking show.  Yes, we even make cannibalism funny. Grizzard portrays the title character who avenges his daughter, Lavenia’s (Parker), abuse. Dudkiewicz is the evil-doer punished and cooked for deflowering Lavenia then cutting off her tongue and her hands.

Then they transform the Bard’s play, “Othello” featuring suspicion, jealousy, race and racism, into a rap performance.

The three examples are a slice of the theatrical performance set for September.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 25-27 and 2 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28, at the Habersham Community Theater, 1370 Washington St., in Clarkesville.

Tickets are $15.

For more information, call 706-839-1315 or visit www.habershamtheater.org.

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