Community theater offers an offbeat take on Shakespeare

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Sioux City Community Theatre has opened its first show of 2006. The off-beat, fast paced comedy "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will run through January 29th at SCCT's main stage at 1401 Riverside Drive.

The show's director, Tim Hess, promises that this will be Shakespeare as you've probably never seen it performed before.

"There are elements of improvisation, audience participation, and a complete re-working of many familiar scenes and characters from 27 of Shakespeare's familiar plays," Hess explained. "Three actors are portraying all the characters, so they get a good workout."

The show is an homage to the Bard, but presents his classic works with a modern and skewed sensibility.

"It's pure fun," said Hess, "We want to make sure people aren't expecting a long night of soliloquies and rhymed couplets. They'll be getting something fresh and different from this show."

Tickets for the show are on sale now and can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (712) 233-2719.