The Complete History of Theatre (abridged)

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It s opening night, and master playwright William Shakespeare, theatrical diva Sarah Bernhardt and the indelible intellectual Constantine Stanislavsky lead you on a wild and wacky journey through the history of theatre from Aristophanes to Emile Zola. This crazy cast of characters will transport you back in time as we relive the various elements of theatre from all parts of the globe. Explore the beginnings of Greek theatre, Aristotle s Poetics, the fine art of Kabuki, the history of mime, the gladiators of Rome and speculation on the real author of Shakespeare s plays. Along the way, the bumbling Shakespeare misquotes himself, Sarah Bernhardt can t get over the sound of thunderous applause and Stanislavsky gets blown out of a cannon when someone says the name of the Scottish play in the theatre! Through a little perseverance and commedia dell arte, the famous trifecta attempt to hold the show together, but when the producer appears onstage, things only get worse when the cast finds out they are trapped in a play within a play. With time running out on the theatre s rental agreement, the trifecta pays homage to the world s best-known and beloved plays and musicals by alluding to dialogue from Edward Albee, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, Nol Coward, Anton Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Sarah Ruhl, Sam Shepard, Neil Simon, August Strindberg, August Wilson, Thornton Wilder, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Oscar Wilde and many more all performed at breakneck speed. Near the play s end, the cast realizes that the playwright hasn t written an ending, wherein our iconic celebrities are forced to seek the audience s help in finding a creative conclusion to the show. Just when it appears that all the drama is behind them, the reviews come in, and what the critics say surprises them. This interactive farce will keep you in stitches at every turn on a rollicking ride!

PublisherDramatic Publishing Co.
CategoryMixed 1 Act
ThemeComedy /Farce
AuthorMatt Thompson
Music Byn/a
Adapted Byn/a
Based Onn/a
Extras10 either
Royalty PlayDramatic Publishing Co.
Sale Price$17.50 (excl. GST and postage)
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