The Complete Works of
William Shakespeare (abridged)
"Director Robert Currier has managed to inject a steaming pile of hilarious new sight gags, fresh spins and pop-culture references into this opening production of the Marin Shakespeare Festival's 2007 season....Currier loads on the pop-culture references, Airplane!-style, hitting everything from Harry Potter and The Sopranos to Rock, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
But what makes or breaks this show is the commitment and skill of the actors, who must appear to be making everything up as they go while performing exhausting feats of physical endurance and comic timing....Under Currier's Monty Python-inspired direction, these ideas often run to the raunchy side of things. Let it be known that this may be the most off-color production of Complete Works ever staged in these parts. It may also be the funniest." --
– David Templeton, The Bohemian
"A great choice for an evening of entertainment for scholar and Shakespearean newcomer alike. The irreverent, lively approach to presenting an overview of the Bard’s works is ambitious and somewhat informative, but mostly good fun....
The pace is non-stop, and the actors mug the audience to show that they are having a helluva good time clowning. There are many over-the-top devices used. Props and bodies fly onto the stage from no apparent place. Quick-changes into bizarre costumes occur frequently. The whole point is this is classic theatre as you never imagined it."
– Albert Goodwyn, San Francisco Bay Time