The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]

Think you can’t watch every one of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours? Think again. Youthquake Theater, Boston’s youth-run company devoted to the works of William Shakespeare, takes on the whole kit and caboodle in their production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. Performances are Friday through Sunday, August 19-21, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., Somerville. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For information call 781-648-5579 or visit www.youthquaketheater.com.

The irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays was London’s longest-running comedy (nine years) when it was created by three-man comedy troupe The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Instead of men in tights, Youthquake offers a version featuring two young women and one guy in (occasional) drag. From Hamlet in reverse, to the Titus Andronicus cooking show, to the Othello rap, the fast-paced play is full of madcap antics and feverish fun. As The Today Show put it, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.”

Delivering the comic goods for Youthquake will be Artistic Director Abigail Dickson of Medford, Hayden Latimer-Ireland of Somerville, and Xavier Harvey of Boston.