Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Reduced Shakespeare Company opens UGA Performing Arts Center’s season

Athens, Ga. – A championship comedy-The Complete World of Sports (abridged)-promises a fast-paced start to the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center’s 2011-2012 season. The performance by the Reduced Shakespeare Company will be held Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

For The Complete World of Sports (abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company sets it comic sites on the lunacy of sports. The show pokes fun at baseball, football, rugby, PAC-MAN, synchronized swimming, quidditch, golf, hurling, curling, extreme curling, NASCAR and the NCAA basketball tournament.

Since its pass-the-hat origins in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created seven world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, several failed television pilots and numerous radio programs. The RSC’s first shows-The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged), and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)-ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus, becoming London’s longest-running comedies. For many years the RSC had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The company’s itinerary has included stops at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival. They’ve also performed in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Singapore and Bermuda.

The “Bad Boys of Abridgment” have applied their hilarious and physical approach to world history in Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (abridged), which toured simultaneously in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The comic troupe has also taken on movies in Completely Hollywood (abridged), which skewered the 197 greatest films of all time.

For TV, the RSC compressed the first five seasons of Lost into a 10-minute film called Lost Reduced, which was a Jeopardy! category in the 2005 and 2006 Tournaments of Champions.

Tickets for the RSC performance are $37 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706/542-4400 or toll free at 888/289-8497.

The Fine Arts Theatre is located in the Fine Arts Building at 255 Baldwin St.

The performance is underwritten by Amy and Hank Huckaby and Gregory J. Daniels.