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The Complete History of Theatre (abridged)

Large Mixed Cast

Matt Thompson Price: $10.95

It’s opening night and master playwright William Shakespeare, theatrical diva Sarah Bernhardt and the indelible intellectual Constantine Stanislavsky lead you on a wild and wacky journey through the history of theatre from Aristophanes to Emile Zola

This crazy cast of characters will transport you back in time as we relive the various elements of theatre from all parts of the globe

Explore the beginnings of Greek theatre, Aristotle’s Poetics, the fine art of Kabuki, the history of mime, the gladiators of Rome and speculation on the real author of Shakespeare’s plays

Along the way, the bumbling Shakespeare misquotes himself

Sarah Bernhardt can’t get over the sound of thunderous applause

And Stanislavsky gets blown out of a cannon when someone says the name of “the Scottish play”!

Through a little perseverance and commedia dell’arte, the famous trio attempt to hold the show together

But when the producer appears onstage, things only get worse when the cast finds out they are trapped in a play within a play

With time running out on the theatre’s rental agreement, the trio pays homage to the world’s best-known and beloved plays and musicals by alluding to dialogue from Edward Albee, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Noël Coward, Anton Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Sarah Ruhl, Sam Shepard, Neil Simon, August Strindberg, August Wilson, Thornton Wilder, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Oscar Wilde

And many more

All performed at breakneck speed!

Near the play’s end, the cast realizes that the playwright hasn’t written an ending

And so they are forced to seek the audience’s help in finding a creative conclusion to the show

This interactive farce will keep you in stitches at every turn on a rollicking ride!

M2,F1 + up to 10 either


“Madcap and pretty bonkers, yet strangely authoritative” ~ San Diego Union-Tribune

“Will appeal to drama geeks and anyone in the mood for old-fashioned wacky entertainment ... slapstick reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch” ~

“Let legendary theatrical characters such as William Shakespeare and Constantin Stanislavsky entertain and inform you on your journey through the world's best-known lines and beloved plays performed at breakneck speed during a rollicking 90-minute ride” ~

“Theater magic happens, as the troupe makes their lightning-fast way through thousands of years of playwrights, from Aeschylus to Albee, Ionesco to Woody Allen, Strindberg to Sondheim, Ibsen to August Wilson” ~ KNSD Radio

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