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John Thomas

Trio gives the Bard the once-over, lightly

Trio gives the Bard the once-over, lightly

If you want to get folks fired up about Renaissance theater, poking fun at William Shakespeare is one way to do it.

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is doing that now with the second half of its ninth summer season, the parody "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Borgeson.

The Bard, to be sure, did not pen the abridged "Complete Works." Former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company wrote and performed this script for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It then ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in London.

Set in the present and...