Hilarity to reign in ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’

Brian Ricker, Chris Greene and Parker Bunch, from left, perform all the roles in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s upcoming production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” a lively, comedic romp through the great Bard’s catalog.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s upcoming production promises to bring lots of laughter from audiences, but perhaps not much illumination of the works of the great Bard as the title may suggest.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will come to the Theatre-at-Tusculum stage Feb. 21-23, 28 and March 1-2.

Written by three actors, Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, the hilarious comedy was first performed by the authors in 1987 in California, and subsequently at the 1987 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Receiving rave reviews and playing to enthusiastic audiences in London and off-Broadway, this tongue-in-cheek, and sometimes foot-in-mouth two-act play has garnered a devoted following of enthusiastic theatergoers.

Director Marilyn duBrisk, has cast three talented local actors to perform all the roles in this lively and irreverent gallop through Shakespeare’s works – Chris Greene, Brian Ricker and Parker Bunch.  Fans will remember Chris Greene’s roles as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” Jeff in “Brigadoon” and The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical the Musical”;  Brian Ricker’s notable performances as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Bill Sykes in “Oliver,” and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in “Twelfth Night” and Parker Bunch’s roles as Bob Cratchit in “A Christmas Carol,” Peter in “The Diary of Anne Frank” and the crazy monkey in “Seussical the Musical.”

All performances will take place in the David Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (side entrance).  Show times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. are scheduled for Feb. 23 and March 2.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 60 and above) and $5 for children age 12 and under. To make ticket reservations or for more information, call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.