SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — interACT Theatre Productions presents the hilarious spoof “The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (Abridged)” this April at the Baird Center in South Orange. The cast and crew, led by director Christine Gaden of Millburn, are excited to perform the comedic, fast-paced romp for two weekends starting Friday, April 1, and closing Sunday, April 10, for a total of six performances.
Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.interactproductions.org/completeworks. This is a special Pocket Theatre and Bard at the Baird presentation, and the company plans for this to be the first of an annual Shakespeare tradition.
Just three male actors make up the cast — Erik Gaden, Christopher Clark and Andrew Usher — so there are many costume changes — and lots of wigs! — between them during the show. Gaden and Clark return to the interACT stage, but this marks an interACT debut for Usher, who makes a performance comeback after taking a hiatus these last few years.
The play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, takes you on a wild ride through the Bard’s 37 plays in under two hours, jumping from “Romeo & Juliet” to “Titus Andronicus” to “Othello” and “Julius Caesar” — and that’s just part of the first act. And in addition to the famous Shakespearean dialog, this show has improv, rapping, choreography and audience participation.
This specific production may include strobe lights, stage violence, vulgar language, and other adult content or situations, and is not recommended for audience member under the age of 13.