LOS ANGELES -- Can three men do all of Shakespeare in a single night?
Daniel Singer thinks so. He has adapted all 37 of The Bard's plays into a neat package, The Complete Works of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), which opens Feb. 20 at the Globe Playhouse. The fast-paced, knock-about farce has been wowing audiences since its debut at the Edinburgh Festival and has gone on to win critical acclaim in productions around the world. The London version is currently the longest-running comedy in the West End.
The Globe version marks the show's return to Los Angeles after a 10-year absence.
Directed by Singer, The Complete Works of Wm Shkspr(Abridged) stars Harris Dorman, Sean Galuszka and Robert L. Williams. The trio gets through a month's worth of theatre in 97 minutes by using rapid-fire costume changes, lethal stage props, audience-participation, rapping (yes, rapping), and capsulized Elizabethan poetry.
Singer, founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, co-authored The Complete Works with Adam Long and Jess Winfield. Singer later left the RSC to become a production designer at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), where he is currently serving as art director for the "California Adventure" project being constructed adjacent to Disneyland. He is also the dramaturg for the Flower Street Players, the live-performance group at WDI, where he made a rare appearance as Snoopy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Globe Playhouse is at 1107 N. Kings Rd. Call (323) 692-9082.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent