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“...Just as the
company's members good-naturedly bash the Bard in THE COMPLETE
WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), so do they cheerfully
run riot over five-hundred years of our country's history.
During the manic, ninety-minute program...[they] mine dozens of landmark events and trends for comic gold....
...Not only do they know how to give American history an irreverent boost, they actually turn it into something accessible and alive.”
Pamela Sommers, The Washington Post
COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA interprets the past as a breathlessly paced sequence
of silly vaudeville sketches, word-association games, puns and crude parodies of
movie and television genres. Nothing is sacred, and many of the facts have been
skewed to suggest the paranoid ravings of a particularly loony tabloid....”
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“..In a series of
sketches that move at breakneck speed, the Reduced Shakespeare
Company scampers through American history....
...This HISTORY OF AMERICA should be a required course.”
Terry Byrne, The Boston Herald
“History has never been
this much fun. Or as delightfully mutilated....
Doubtless, reputable historians like Will and Ariel Durant would cringe at this slapstick telling of the American saga. But the rest of us can just giggle uncontrollably....”
Bill Brownstein, The Gazette (Montreal)
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