Reviewer: Celia Musikanth

This hilarious play was written by the founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. It was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987 and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London where it ran for nine years – making it the longest running non-farcical comedy on the West End!

Hats off to the three actors Daniel Enticott; Kim R2  and Faeron Wheeler  who scored a hat trick in that I could not fault their performances – each one as brilliant as the other. Enticott played all the female parts with aplomb while R2 and Wheeler were terrific in the male parts. Gary Fargher’s lighting and effects were spot on and added to the overall production.

I cannot remember when last I laughed with such gusto throughout  an entire play and truly recommend that all readers share my enjoyment and do not miss this treat of a show. Grade 10 to Grade 12 learners will definitely enjoy it and I am sure will be fired up with new enthusiasm for Shakespeare.

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time, plays many parts.” Yes indeed, this famous quote from the Bard’s comedy “As you like it” certainly sums up this trio’s huge accomplishment. Split second timing, exits and entrances, costumes, characterisation, energy, and more, were all  ingredients of a slick and excellently staged production.

You haven’t lived until you see “Romeo and Juliet” literally played out in a few minutes, Julius Caesar’s demise in a split second, and the history plays from Richard lll to Henry V and all the other Henry’s in between, played out like a South African rugby match, the ball being the “crown”ing glory. Of course Othello as a Broadway musical is another fabulous memory as well as Titus Andronicus as a cookery show!

Each parody of the 37(!) plays spun over two hours,  is a treat with Hamlet delightfully taking up the second half  including some hilarious interaction with the audience. This show deserves full houses and on that note I say “get thee to the Masque, get thee thither” and have a ball.I think I will go and see it again – I love the fact that I can laugh so much – so needed in this day and age. Highly recommended.There are still shows tonight and tomorrow at 8pm and Saturday at 2.30 and 6.30 pm.Book through Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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