Dorset Players to stage comic tour of Shakespeare

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DORSET — The Dorset Players has announced that a special production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" will open on the Dorset stage for a limited three performances beginning on Friday, Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Three actors take on 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two hours in this irreverent romp by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

The show is a comedic mix of Shakespeare, improvisation, actor discourse, anachronistic reference, and audience participation. Veteran Dorset Players Mike Cutler, Joe Mozer and Chris Restino make up the cast. Todd Hjelt directs.

The original London and New York productions of "The Complete Works " were well received by reviewers, with the London Times calling it "stupendously anchorless joy." The Today Show opined that "If you like Shakespeare, you'll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show."

Curtain time for "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" is at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14 and 15, and at 2 p.m., Feb. 16. The Players production is sponsored by the Inn at Manchester.

For tickets and information visit the Players website at dorsetplayers.org, or call the box office at 802-867-5777.

The Dorset Players, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the historic Dorset Playhouse and presents live theater from October to May. The Players is dedicated to fostering the arts in the community through theatrical presentations and to providing growth and educational opportunities for both children and adults through a variety of theatrical experiences.

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