published Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Boosting the Bard

Men in tights romp through complete works (abridged) at DLT

William Shakespeare’s plays will be the subject of two theatrical presentations in North Georgia starting this weekend.
William Shakespeare’s plays will be the subject of two theatrical presentations in North Georgia starting this weekend.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

What: "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)."

When: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 25-26, Feb. 1-2, 8-9; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

Where: Dalton Little Theatre, 210 N. Pentz St., Dalton, Ga.

Admission: $15 adults, $12 senior adults and DLT members, $10 ages 13-18 and college students with valid ID, $5 children 12 and younger.

Phone: 706-226-6618

Matthew Gonzalez, Tarik Issa and Justin Bridges will lead a crash course in the great works of The Bard — 37 plays in 97 minutes! — starting Friday, Jan. 25, at the Dalton Little Theatre.

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will be presented by the trio for seven performances, directed by Will Park, according to the DLT website. Their performances are being touted as "one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter."

The play is the comic genius of writers Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, according to Wikipedia. They first performed the comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and then at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine years. The play holds a self-proclaimed world record for the shortest performance of "Hamlet" at 43 seconds.

The trio of actors open with a parody of "Romeo and Juliet," then present "Titus Andronicus" as a cooking show. They break down "Othello" in a rap song, combine several comedies into one hilarious reading before highlighting key scenes from "Julius Caesar," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Macbeth." The second act is a performance of "Hamlet" involving audience participation.

Curtain is 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. at the one Sunday matinee, Feb. 3. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.

Contact staff writer Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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