Fast-forward through Shakespeare

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged,” written by Adam Long, Daniel Springer and Jess Winfield, is a hilarious compilation of excerpts of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies and histories, presented in a uproariously unorthodox manner.

“Othello” becomes a rap song. “Titus Andronicus” is a cooking show a la Julia Child. The condensed “Hamlet” is performed normally, then performed at super speed, and then backwards.

The director for this play is a newcomer to Kaua‘i, but not new to the art of directing plays. Timothy Evans, who moved here from Seattle this past year, has a theater degree from Cornish College of the Arts. His training includes acting, directing and scenic design. Last summer he was the co-director of the Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre’s summer production of “Seussical, the Musical.” The cast of three is Ed Eaton — director of HCT’s recent production of “Annie,” Ross Martineau — who was Lumiere in 2005’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and Mike Scarbo — last seen as the Third Tree From the Left in his second-grade class play — a performance lauded by his mother as “riveting.”

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