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March 28, 2001

EXPERIENCE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE IN ONE FUN NIGHT

LA CROSSE, Wis.— Those who either love or loathe the works of bard William Shakespeare will equally enjoy the hilarious Reduced Shakespeare Company production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre, Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Known for their fast, funny, and physical condensations of things serious, the Reduced Shakespeare Company takes audiences on an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in one hysterical evening. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), is London's longest-running comedy, now in its fifth year at the Criterion Theatre. The show has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "wildly funny" and by the Montreal Gazette as "the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime."

The Reduced Shakespeare Company developed its unique style as a pass-the-hat act at Renaissance Fairs in California during the 1980s. Since then, the group has tickled funny bones at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s "Serious Fun Festival," and countless civic and university venues throughout the United States and the world. Other productions include The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged). The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," and part of television and radio productions around the globe.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s performance is part of the Viterbo NexStar Season and is sponsored by Charter Communications.  It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets for the Reduced Shakespeare Company are $21 and $15. To order, contact the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office at 608-796-3100.

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