Quake and Shake

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2009

TCWOWS(A) begins with a send-up of Romeo and Juliet, and its second act is taken up by Hamlet increasingly speeded up before being scrolled backward. In between, Titus Andronicus is recast as a cooking show, the climax of Macbeth is performed with clanking swords and heavy Scottish accents, Othello is related as a stiff honky rap, and the Histories converge in a football game. You can know everything or nada about Shakespeare and still get a kick out of the proceedings, provided you bring an adolescent sense of humor. As Risher Reddick, nimble and nauseated as the show’s too-too-solid heroines, warns, the troupe rejects “dry, boring, vomit-less Shakespeare.” Joining the retching Risher in punning, mugging, swashbuckling, and pratfalling under the direction of Steven Barkhimer are an at-ease Daniel Berger-Jones and a more pompously antic Gabriel Kuttner. Skilled actors on a hambone holiday, they’ll have you laughing till the light fades.

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