History Theatre / TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged

9th Aug '16 4:08:38 PM MisterDrBob2
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* BluntYes: Austin and Reed's response when Adam asks "What, is it a crime to take someone's bag?"


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** He also believes that ''Hamlet'' was not written by Shakespeare.
-->'''Adam''': It's a Mel Gibson movie!


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* LameExcuse: Adam tries arguing first that the football game has left him too drained to do ''Hamlet'' and then that his encounter with a kid in the audience has him on edge.


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* RageQuit: When the aforementioned [[LameExcuse Lame Excuses]] get him nowhere, Adam storms off the stage, insisting that Austin and Reed do ''Hamlet'' while he just watches.
14th Jul '16 11:50:59 AM morenohijazo
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* RewindGag: The guys announce that they know ''Hamlet'' backward, then prove it by performing their cut-down version in reverse. The old king's ghost flits around going "ooB", and Ophelia, whose drowning is represented in the cut-down version by being splashed with a glass of water, un-drowns by spitting a mouthful of water into a glass.

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* RewindGag: The guys announce that they know ''Hamlet'' backward, then prove it by performing their cut-down version in reverse. The old king's ghost flits around going "ooB", and Ophelia, whose drowning is represented in the cut-down version by being splashed with a glass of water, un-drowns by spitting a mouthful of water into a glass. See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Jzkop04P4&t=3m44s here.]]
10th Jul '16 8:21:33 PM Nightsky
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The play has NoFourthWall, requires performers to [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny make it up as they go]] and audience participation. This means the likelihood of two shows (even from the same company of actors) being the same twice is very low, if not outright impossible. Unusual for a modern play, performers are ''not'' under contract to be as true to the script as possible after acquiring performance rights.

That said, the script has three roles named for the actors who originally performed the piece: Daniel (the troupe leader), Jess (the scholar/serious actor), and Adam (comic relief; plays nearly all the female parts). Actors usually perform using their own names.

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The play has NoFourthWall, requires performers to [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny make it up as they go]] and audience participation. This means the likelihood of two shows (even from the same company of actors) being the same twice is very low, if not outright impossible. Unusual Unusually for a modern play, performers are ''not'' under contract to be as true to the script as possible after acquiring performance rights.

That said, the script has three roles named for the actors who originally performed the piece: Daniel (the troupe leader), Jess (the scholar/serious actor), and Adam (comic relief; plays nearly all the female parts). Actors usually perform using their own names.
names, since the script occasionally has them address or refer to each other.
23rd Jun '16 7:49:38 PM PaulA
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The Duke recognises his daughters!

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The Duke recognises his daughters!daughters!\\
23rd Jun '16 7:48:14 PM PaulA
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--> Jess (as Hamlet): "Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cross-dressing]] Dane!"

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--> Jess (as Hamlet): "Here, -->'''Jess:''' ''[as Hamlet]'' Here, thou incestuous, murd'rous... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cross-dressing]] Dane!"Dane!



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The play incorporates (or at least mentions) every play and sonnet by Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
** Also, during RomeoAndJuliet:
-->'''Friar''': Take thou this vial, and this distilled liquor drink thou off. And presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humour.
-->'''Juliet''': O, I feel a cold and drowsy humour running through my veins.
-->'''Friar''': Told you so.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
**
The play incorporates (or at least mentions) every play and sonnet by Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
** Also, during RomeoAndJuliet:
-->'''Friar''':
During ''Romeo and Juliet'':
--->'''Friar:'''
Take thou this vial, and this distilled liquor drink thou off. And presently through all thy veins shall run a cold and drowsy humour.
-->'''Juliet''':
humour.\\
'''Juliet:'''
O, I feel a cold and drowsy humour running through my veins.
-->'''Friar''':
veins.\\
'''Friar:'''
Told you so.



-->'''Hamlet''': The time is out of joint--O cursed spite, that ever I was born to exit ''right''!
-->*Starts to exit, realizes he is going stage ''left,'' and quickly reverses direction.*

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-->'''Hamlet''': -->'''Hamlet:''' The time is out of joint--O cursed spite, that ever I was born to exit ''right''!
-->*Starts
''right''!\\
''[starts
to exit, realizes he is going stage ''left,'' '''left''', and quickly reverses direction.*direction]''



* MusicalGag + MythologyGag: At least in the home video release, during the "EPILOGUE!" finish to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Adam plays a guitar while intoning background music to the spoken narration. The song he sings is the 'Love Theme' from Creator/FrancoZeffirelli's 1968 adaptation. The others join in at the end:
-->"For Romeo and Juliet are dead!"

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* MusicalGag + MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
**
At least in the home video release, during the "EPILOGUE!" finish to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Adam plays a guitar while intoning background music to the spoken narration. The song he sings is the 'Love Theme' from Creator/FrancoZeffirelli's 1968 adaptation. The others join in at the end:
-->"For --->"For Romeo and Juliet are dead!"



--> "Cut the crap, Hamlet! My biological clock is ticking and I want babies ''now!!''"

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--> "Cut -->'''Ophelia:''' Cut the crap, Hamlet! My biological clock is ticking and I want babies ''now!!''"''now!''



--> "I'll kill the cameraman!"
--> "I don't care; we've got five of them."

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--> "I'll -->"I'll kill the cameraman!"
-->
cameraman!"\\
"I don't care; we've got five of them."



-->The fairies and the pages get into a knock down fight in the mud!
-->During which the pages' clothes get ripped off [[SweetPollyOliver revealing female genitalia!]]
-->The Duke recognises his daughters!
-->({{Beat}})
-->''[[{{Squick}} Eeeeww!]]''

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-->The fairies and the pages get into a knock down fight in the mud!
-->During
mud!\\
During
which the pages' clothes get ripped off [[SweetPollyOliver revealing female genitalia!]]
-->The
genitalia!]]\\
The
Duke recognises his daughters!
-->({{Beat}})
-->''[[{{Squick}} Eeeeww!]]''
''[{{Beat}}]''\\
'''Eeeeww!'''



-->'''Ghost of Hamlet's Father:''' Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder!
-->'''Hamlet:''' Murder!
-->'''Horatio:''' Murder!
-->'''Ghost of Hamlet's Father:''' For the serpent that did sting thy father's life now wears his crown!
-->'''Hamlet:''' My uncle!
-->'''Horatio:''' His uncle!
-->'''Ghost of Hamlet's Father:''' Let not the royal bed of Denmark become a couch for incest!
-->'''Hamlet:''' Incest!
-->'''Horatio:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint A]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny couch!]]

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-->'''Ghost of Hamlet's Father:''' Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder!
-->'''Hamlet:''' Murder!
-->'''Horatio:''' Murder!
-->'''Ghost
murder!\\
'''Hamlet:''' Murder!\\
'''Horatio:''' Murder!\\
'''Ghost
of Hamlet's Father:''' For the serpent that did sting thy father's life now wears his crown!
-->'''Hamlet:'''
crown!\\
'''Hamlet:'''
My uncle!
-->'''Horatio:'''
uncle!\\
'''Horatio:'''
His uncle!
-->'''Ghost
uncle!\\
'''Ghost
of Hamlet's Father:''' Let not the royal bed of Denmark become a couch for incest!
-->'''Hamlet:''' Incest!
-->'''Horatio:'''
incest!\\
'''Hamlet:''' Incest!\\
'''Horatio:'''
[[ComicallyMissingThePoint A]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny A couch!]]



* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Played straight, then subverted in the rap.
--> Othello loved Desi like Adonis loved Venus,
--> And Desi loved Othello 'cause he had a big...sword.
--> But Iago had a plan that was clever and slick.
--> He was crafty, he was sly, he was kind of a prick.

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* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
**
Played straight, then subverted in the rap.
--> Othello --->Othello loved Desi like Adonis loved Venus,
-->
Venus,\\
And Desi loved Othello 'cause he had a big...sword.
-->
sword.\\
But Iago had a plan that was clever and slick.
-->
slick.\\
He was crafty, he was sly, he was kind of a prick.



--> '''Romeo:''' "Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized--"
--> '''Juliet:''' " 'Butt-love'? Why would I call you 'Butt-love'?"

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--> '''Romeo:''' "Call -->'''Romeo:''' Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized--"
-->
baptized--\\
'''Juliet:''' " 'Butt-love'? Why would I call you 'Butt-love'?"
'Butt-love'?
23rd Jun '16 7:43:05 PM PaulA
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* RewindGag: The guys announce that they know ''Hamlet'' backward, then prove it by performing their cut-down version in reverse. The old king's ghost flits around going "ooB", and Ophelia, whose drowning is represented in the cut-down version by being splashed with a glass of water, un-drowns by spitting a mouthful of water into a glass.
21st Jun '16 12:40:27 AM gewunomox
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** Some productions have been known to use "Romeo and Juliet" by DireStraits.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Ophelia in the crew's version of ''{{Hamlet}}.''

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** Some productions have been known to use "Romeo and Juliet" by DireStraits.
Music/DireStraits.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Ophelia in the crew's version of ''{{Hamlet}}.''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}.''
29th Apr '16 6:29:23 AM NateTheGreat
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* PoliceCodeForEverything: In the radio show version a "Elizabethan Plot Device #37" covers all of the plot points in the final act of ''RomeoAndJuliet''.
16th Feb '16 10:48:07 AM eroock
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->''Brevity is the soul of wit.''

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->''Brevity ->''"Brevity is the soul of wit.''
"''
18th Jan '16 8:01:07 PM dannybeans
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "C'mon, we know ''Hamlet'' backward and forward!"
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