Shakespeare Trip

A group of Yardley and Doylestown students and teachers were treated to a special matinee performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” on Friday, January 11 at the Music Mountain Theatre in Lambertville, NJ. “The Complete Works” takes the audience through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays – the histories, the tragedies, and the comedies – in just 97 minutes. The play was performed by only three talented actors – Louis Palena, Jordan Brennan, and Eddie Honan – and they had the audience in stitches from beginning to end! From a frenetic retelling of “Romeo and Juliet” to an updated rap about “Othello” to the very gory “Titus Andronicus” set as a cooking show to all ten histories being reenacted as a football game, the pace of the play was non-stop. The highlight of the day was Act II, which was entirely dedicated to “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the Prince of Denmark. The actors got the entire audience involved when it came to Ophelia, who was once the object of Hamlet’s affection but has been rejected by the young prince, and her psychological issues. After the incredibly entertaining performance (which was capped off with the actors performing “Hamlet” backwards!), Louis, Jordan, and Eddie came out to greet the audience, answer some questions, and hang out. Despite the fact that some of the audience members have not yet read Shakespeare, no one wanted the play to end!