Reduced Shakespeare
by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 1.13.28 PMHilarious articles about the Bard and funny synopses off all his plays.

Sample quotes:

  • If you’re in a really, really big hurry, here’s a very short plot synopsis of all the History plays.  They’re all pretty much the same.  Here it is: An English king (usually named Henry, sometimes Richard, and once John) is fighting the French.  At the same time, someone at home is trying to take over the throne from the reigning king.
  • All is not well that ends well, and this play doesn’t.
  • Hamlet avenges his father, and it only takes four hours.
  • Lady Macbeth encourages her husband to be more aggressive in pursing career options.

Quotes from critics:  “Intellectual vaudeville!” (The New York Times); “Something wickedly funny this way comes! . . . and wickedly smart too . . . Martin & Tichenor’s learned nonsense crackles on the page. (National Public Radio);Funnier that Shakespeare’s comedies, they have dined at the great table of Shakespeareana, and made off with the scraps.” (Jasper Fforde); “Inspired American spoof merchants . . . slings and arrows of outrageous comedy.” (Daily Telegraph)

Bios: Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor are performers, writers, and managing partners in the Reduced Shakespeare Company, a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects—such as the Bible, All the Great Books, and the History of America—and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.  Martin is a former clown and minor league baseball umpire.  Tichenor previously worked in children’s theatre, summer-stock Shakespeare and puppet theater.