Tell me if this video of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is as funny to you as it is to me?
I saw the whole show yesterday in Lynchburg, Virginia, so I loved watching the backstage shenanigans of these three guys on video. I felt the personal connection.
And so did most everyone else. These guys were working the room and boy, they killed.
Even during intros. "Was there a long line for the ladies room," actor Michael Stablein, Jr. asked after intermission. Waits a beat.
"I HATE that."
Okay, was that "you-had-to-be-there" humor? Or does a joke about a guy concerned about the ladies room line translate?
Anyway...the three managed, in a Shakespeare work (abridged, yet!), to get in funny references to Sarah Palin, abortion, Matt Damon, Glenn Beck and many more topical issues.
Such as immigration.
Two of the actors wanted the third one, Walter Kmiec, to play Othello, (an African Moor living in Venice) because Walter has a dark complexion.
"Obviously, ladies and gentlemen," Walter said to the audience, "we have a little bit of a problem performing Othello, seeing as how the part was written for a black man, and we're not black, so...""Wait, Walt, I mean...I think you're dark enough," Michael said.
"Michael, I am half Spanish, half Polish. I'm not African, I'm Spolish."
"Tomayto tomahto, right? I mean, you're all the same in Arizona."
I'm sorry to say that this particular play is finished for the season. Two others are coming up this summer:
The guys from the abridged Shakespeare production will also be in Hamlet.
More here soon about the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival 2010.
Photos: Maria Hayden. Three actors
Ellen Perlman. Renaissance Theatre. (The theater: Plain on the outside, funny on the inside.)