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Friday, June 23, 2017 This Week's Paper
Shake it up at TLT

Tacoma Little Theatre didn’t get all scholarly with its production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged, Revised),” but it got a whole mess of funny.

This three-actor play, directed by Suzy Wilhoft and written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, parades through all the Bard’s works in 90-minutes thanks to splashes of skits that range from a cookie show to illustrate the dark tale of “Titus Andronicus” to a football game to tackle Shakespeare’s “Histories.”

This is a great show to either get a snapshot of the brilliance that is Shakespeare or see how talented actors poke fun at it while honoring the Bard. Luke Amundson, Coleman Hagerman and Alex Smith take the Bard to the heights of hilarity with splashes of vaudeville antics and pop culture references. While solid performances are to be expected from veterans like Amundson and Smith, the shocker was how much Hagerman held is acting own against these thespian juggernauts. The high school junior landed joke after joke and kept pace with their over the top hi jinx.

The show is pee-your-pants funny.

The short-run play takes to the stage March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at or (253) 272-2281. The theater is located at 210 N. "I" St.