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article imageThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Casa Loma Special

By KJ Mullins     Jul 19, 2013 in Entertainment
Toronto - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has returned to Toronto's Casa Loma by popular demand for a limited run July 18, 24 and 25.
After enjoying the performance on July 18 it's easy to see why the play is the longest running comedy in London's West End.
As Toronto's heat wave melts Thursday night's performance took place inside Casa Loma's library instead of on the patio where most performances will take place.
The Classical Theatre Project's (CTP) very talented Jeff Hanson, Kevin Ritchie and Matt Drappel take audiences through the entire works of William Shakespeare in just two hours. Be pleasantly warned, this is not your grandmother's Shakespeare.
Comedy is the backdrop for the trio of actors who know their stuff. They quickly and continuously engaged the audience all while staying true to the script of Shakespeare in essence.
Clearly it's impossible to perform each piece of each play in just two hours but Hanson, Ritchie and Drappel nailed their adapted versions. Some of the scenes are over the top silly but there are glimpses of the brilliance during the monologues that leave you wanting more.
Kevin Ritchie is the unofficial leader of this trio on the stage. He swiftly guides the audience through the hilarity. It is clear from the onset that he knows Shakespeare and each play front to back.
Matt Drappel appears to have stepped off of the streets of Shakespeare's London and onto the stage. A flick of the wrist, a roll of the eyes and he is transformed into any character that Shakespeare ever wrote. While his Hamlet is a bit (understatement of the year) over the top I was quickly convinced that Matt (er Hamlet) was more than a bit touched by wild insanity. Drappel's rap scene is one of the best on Toronto stages this summer.
Jeff Hanson comes off as a loveable idiot, during most scenes starting with his short bio of Shakespeare that had the audience roaring with laughter. Hanson's Hamlet monologue, completely serious, took my breath away.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare  Abridged has returned to Toronto s Casa Loma by popular d...
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged has returned to Toronto's Casa Loma by popular demand for a limited run July 18, 24 and 25.
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare is a must see. If you have teens that claim to hate the bard drag them along, they will thank you and start telling their friends that Shakespeare is cool.
Tickets are available online here.
The CTP generally performs for student audiences, bringing fun to the works of true classics while remaining faithful to the script.
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