REVIEW 'Complete Works' will have you in stitches

June 28, 2013

By Liza Williams

Daily Camera Theater Critic

 If you want a full-throttle, no-holds-barred belly laugh, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" is for you.

The three actors responsible for guiding the audience through the Bard's comedies, histories and tragedies have great chemistry, and each offers a different, absurd perspective on how to deliver a story so it will be recognizable to the Shakespearean scholar and still funny to the novice.

More than anything else, what works for the trio is the pure chaos they create on stage. A call for "bigger ... faster ... funnier" becomes an understatement as these guys change costumes at what must be a world-record pace.

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Photo: Evan Zes leapfrogs Patrick Zeglarski-Elkins, left, and Ian Andersen in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)." Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado.