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A humorous tribute to Shakespeare by Suburban Players

A scene from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by the Suburban Players.
By Alfredo Cernadas
For The Herald
This year marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in Stratford-Upon-Avon. There are thousands of events worldwide, in different languages, celebrating this great playwright and poet. The spirit and words of his famous works Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Macbeth, among others have shed light on the human condition and created prototypes on human behaviour.

Understandably, the Suburban Players have joined the universal festivities in memory of the Bard of Avon. They feel they have to put their grain of sand and they chose to do so in a manner that surely would have Puck and Ariel, Falstaff and Sir Toby Belch, Trinculo and Feste, Sir Andrew Agecheek and all that gang of absurdists and clowns.

So they herewith present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Jess Borgensen, Adam Long and Daniel Singer, a farcical comedy with touches on all the Bard’s plays and irreverently makes fun of them.

It may be that Shakespeare is turning in his grave. He surely is, with laughter, as are the audiences on their seats in the performances at the Suburban’s Playhouse. Not surprisingly, for worthy as their varied repertoire is, humour is the Suburbans’ forte and in this piece they offer a brilliant example, for this is a devilishly difficult play and both the cast and director admirably surmount the fast, endless flow of different moods and sketches of this farce, during which three actors play both men and women.

Director Hugo Halbrich, handles this complicated merry-go- round of abridged and/or amalgamated plays with a sure hand. He is skilfully seconded by Simon Chater, Tomás Martínez Christensen and Gabriel Romero Day, a hilarious trio who interact with the delighted audience, and brilliantly deliver masterful portrayals of unforgettable characters, including the fastest-ever version of Hamlet. Fine, simple, functional set and colourful costumes. Not surprisingly,The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shkspr (as it was spelled at the première)ran for nine years in London. In San Isidro it is scheduled for this and the next weekends. Reservations are suggested.

Where & When

The Playhouse - (Moreno 80, San Isidro, 4747-4470). Fridays, 9.30PM, Saturdays 9PM, and Sundays 7pm. Tickets: 100 pesos at the venue.

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