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Much ado at Metropolis: 'Shakespeare' delivers the laughs

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Shakespeare's bloodiest play, "Titus Andronicus," is presented by Adam Kander, left, Andrew Pond and Michael Woods as a TV cooking show in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

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Michael Woods plays Hamlet contemplating the long-dead Yorick in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

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Shakespeare's dramatic canon gets comically pulverized in a hilarious rendition of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," now being presented by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. These collaborators bring the comedy goods to make "Shakespeare (Abridged)" feel fresh as if they're devising it on the spot.
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    • Shakespeare's bloodiest play, “Titus Andronicus,” is presented by Adam Kander, left, Andrew Pond and Michael Woods as a TV cooking show in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
    • Michael Woods plays Hamlet contemplating the long-dead Yorick in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
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