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Get your fill of performing arts this weekend

Feeling like you haven’t seen enough onstage this summer? How about you take the rest of the week to catch up — after all, this is your last chance for several of these performances, including those by the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, The Rep and Armadillo Rodeo.

Follow links to find out more about each performance.

Garrett Whitehead (left) as Pippin and Evan Tyrone Martin as Leading Player

Garrett Whitehead (left) as Pippin and Evan Tyrone Martin as Leading Player in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s Pippin

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The Rep season ends on a high note with Compleat Wrks

Patrick Halley in The Rep's Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Patrick Halley in The Rep’s Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

To be (or not to be) a fan of Shakespeare is not a requirement of enjoying the current show at The Rep.

See what I did there?

Plays on words and themes from Shakespeare’s 38-play repertoire are the focus of Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), which opened last week at The Rep. As a fan of The Bard, I’ve been looking forward to this show since The Rep’s season line-up was announced last year. But my date to the show admitted she’d never had the least bit of interest in Shakespeare, having zoned out during much of high school English, so she wasn’t sure she would catch many of the jokes.

But with our knowledge of the writer and poet at different ends of the spectrum, it’s safe to say we loved the show equally (we both complained of sore cheeks from laughing by intermission). The humor is a brilliant mix of choreographed and improvised, high-brow and slap-stick, inside jokes, rapping, puppet shows, audience participation, bathroom humor, all of the above. I’m a big fan of silly and surprising, and I felt constantly on my toes during … Read more >

Succinct Shakespeare: Compleat Wrks opens at The Rep

This Scene was originally published in the June 4, 2014, issue of Sync.

Avery Clark is one of three cast members in The Rep's Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Avery Clark is one of three cast members in The Rep’s Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

If you’re looking for a crash course in William Shakespeare, you could sit down and read through the poet and playwright’s complete works — some 38 plays — or you could witness bits and pieces from the entirety of his canon in a quick trip to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre sometime this month.

The Rep’s final production of the 2013-14 season is The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), which parodies the best of the Bard of Avon while staying true to many of the themes and characters of the original plays.

So: Can you really fit 38 plays into one two-hour performance?… Read more >

Hilarious Second City cast here through Saturday

Photo by Todd Rosenberg // Sarah Shook and Adam Peacock are two of six Second City cast members at The Rep.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg // Sarah Shook and Adam Peacock are two of six Second City cast members at The Rep.

The Second City is part sketch comedy, part improvisation and all hysterically funny. The Chicago-based comedy troupe opened at The Rep last week and wraps up on Sunday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you have this weekend to see live some actors who may end up being some of the biggest stars in comedy. The Second City is to the comedy world what the Mickey Mouse Club was to ’90s/2000 pop: the training ground for those who are going to make it.… Read more >

The Second City begins two-week run at The Rep

This Scene originally appeared in the April 30, 2014, issue of Sync

Second City Blue Tour

Are you a fan of Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? What about comedians like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris? Then you’ll want to reserve a seat for when The Second City improv comedy group makes a stop at Arkansas Repertory Theatre — those actors and more all got their start in The Second City.

With its home base in Chicago since 1959, The Second City has also had a traveling troupe since 1967. This is the group’s ninth trip to The Rep, the most recent being in 2011. The cast that comes to Little Rock this week on the Happily Ever Laughter tour includes Scott Morehead, Adam Peacock, Liz Reuss, Marlena Rodriguez, Ted Tremper and Sarah Shook.… Read more >

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