Immediately after the performances of Peter Pan, the Montford Park Players were at it again with a three man abridged production of the complete works of Shakespeare. I have a particular fascination with Shakespeare, and I was curious to see how they would fit an overview of his entire works in one performance.
We arrived at the park earlier this time, parking right by the theater and getting better seats. It ended up being a much smaller crowd for this show, and the actors were very interactive with the intimate audience.
The show was a riot, opening with a comedic reenactment of Romeo and Juliet. It was less of a family production than Peter Pan had been, with many of the jokes being more of the adult variety, but they came so fast that our girls didn’t have time to figure all of them out, though certainly they understood a good amount too. They’ve got to get a sense of the world and the drama of sexuality at some point, though.
Far less time was spent on the other plays, covering all the histories in one scene that was fast, witty, and hilarious, referencing each play at least once, and giving brief scenes or condensed overviews for the comedies.
Almost the entire second act was dedicated to Hamlet, which they enacted much more thoroughly, with light saber battles and humorous renderings of Ophelia’s dramatic scenes in the play. We had a wonderful time, and the production was most entertaining.
We’ll definitely be continuing to patronize the Players, who put on several productions a year. How nice to have free community theater!