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Princess Theatre to present Abridged Shakespeare show

The PrincessTheatre Center for the Performing Arts in Decatur will present the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production “The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” on Fri., Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The comedy is part of the 2011-2012 Professional Series and is made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, South Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts. The company will host a question and answer session following the performance.

“The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)” was written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and features Mick Orfe, Michael Faulkner and Matt Rippy. The fast- paced physical show is aimed at theatre lovers, sports addicted fans, theatre haters, sports haters and even couch potatoes. As America’s infatuation with all things athletic continues, the theatrical troupe from California premieres its brand new championship comedy. Whether you are an Alabama or Auburn fan or just a fan of all sports, the Princess Theatre is inviting the audience to wear their favorite team colors. A prize will be awarded to the best-dressed fan. An hour prior to the show, the theatre lobby will be transformed into a tailgate party.

In this merciless but affectionate satire, the Reduced Shakespeare Company sets its comic sights on the lunacy of sports. The result is a tour-de-farce of vaudevillian physical comedy that will delight every non-sports fan in the family.

“This is an audience-interactive, family-style show for all ages, blending slapstick, sight gags, hernia-inducing puns and genuine verbal wit,” says the Boston Globe.

As one critic wrote, “I hate sports, but I couldn’t stop laughing from the moment the RSC took the stage.”

Reserved tickets ranging from $30-$39 are available at the Princess box office, including a $30 student and teacher discount ticket. For more information, call 256-340-1778 or visit the theatre’s web site at