Abridgement troupe takes on ‘Sports’

  • Thu Mar 22nd, 2012 10:57am
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“The Complete World of Sports (abridged)”: This fast-paced satire is more about sports than about the Bard and brings athletics to a comedic level.

At the Edmonds Center for the Arts on Saturday, this show is presented by the three-man comedy troupe Reduced Shakespeare Company, otherwise known as the “bad boys of abridgement.” They have created seven stage shows, two television specials and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen or heard around the world since 1981, according to their biography.

Examples of some of RSC’s expertise include “Lost Reduced” where the troupe compressed the first five seasons of “Lost” into a 10-minute film.

“The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” was delivered to audiences in 2010 and reduces every sport ever played on any continent in the entire history of the world — even Quidditch — into one comedy performance. The show has been described as a witty tour-de-farce with vaudevillian physical comedy that is mercilessly funny as well as affectionate.

“The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds.

Tickets range from $35 to $40 and $15 for youth. Online at www.ec4arts.org or by phone at 425-275-9595.

The show is suitable for families; the rating guideline is PG-13.

New season: The Driftwood Players in Edmonds have announced their new 2012-13 season. Here is the lineup of shows for the Mainstage:

“Murder on the Nile”: Sept.7. By Agatha Christie. A murder mystery and jagged love triangle involving a sensational young heiress.

“The Music Man”: Nov. 23. By Meredith Willson. This classic musical has con man Harold Hill trying to hoodwink a small town out of money, but his scheme is complicated when Marian the librarian sees right through his act, then falls in love with him.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”: Feb. 22. By Oscar Wilde. This is a wildly funny play about mistaken identities, forbidden romances and the aristocracy making fools of themselves.

“Godspell”: April 12, 2013. Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The rock opera rocks the story of Jesus based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.

TBA: June 14

“Freud’s Last Session”: In this riveting new play, C.S. Lewis meets Sigmund Freud where it’s all on the table: science and religion, body and soul, reality and fantasy.

This west coast premiere at Taproot Theatre has Lewis as a young and rising star and Freud has invited him for tea. Their amusing and amazing meeting will have you thirsty for more.

Lewis was a Christian apologist who wrote books such as “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis and a staunch proponent of atheism. Though these two probably never met, their conversation is historically and ideologically sound and the issues they might have discussed could stand the test of time.

“Freud’s Last Session” opens with previews at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and plays at various times through April 21 at Taproot Theatre, 204 North 85th Street, Seattle.

Tickets range from $22 to $37. Call 206-781-9707 or go to www.taproottheatre.org.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.