TheatreWorks condenses the best of Shakespeare into one three-man show

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - Aug. 2, 7 p.m., various dates through Aug. 25, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site,  3105 Gateway Road, $38.50, free for UCCS students, theatreworkscs.org. - ISAIAH DOWNING
  • Isaiah Downing
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Aug. 2, 7 p.m., various dates through Aug. 25, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, $38.50, free for UCCS students, theatreworkscs.org.
Each year, UCCS’ professional theater company TheatreWorks stages a Shakespeare classic at Rock Ledge Ranch, kind of a “Shakespeare in the Park” situation with a gorgeous setting and of course that delightfully high TheatreWorks production value. This year, they’re pulling double duty and not only staging the classic tale of Macbeth, but also a wildly popular and hysterical farce: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). As it says on the tin, this play manages to condense all 37 of The Bard’s works into less than two hours of fast-paced theater, with only three actors scripted for countless roles, making rapid costume switches and overall delighting audiences. Be prepared for a tiny bit of audience participation, and come back to the ranch for a more traditional play in Macbeth, running through Aug. 26.

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