Three-man troupe to present sports comedy
Published 5:32 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2012
Fairfield University will present "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" by the Reduced Shakespeare Company 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the school's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road.
Austin Tichenor, Reed Martin and Matt Rippy, the company's comedy troupe that takes serious subjects and reduces them to short comedies, present a "merciless but affectionate satire" of an ESPN-type broadcast, according to a university news release. In the play, they poke fun at America's obsession with sports, their celebrities and TV sports commentators.
The company, founded in 1981 as a pass-the-hat act in California, has created eight stage shows, two television specials, numerous radio pieces, and several failed TV pilots, the release states. Their performances have been seen at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London's West End, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival. It has also performed in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Belgium, The Netherlands, Singapore and Bermuda.
The company's first three shows, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," "The Complete History of America (abridged)" and "The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)," ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in London's Piccadilly Circus. They were London's longest-running comedies, and at one time the company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber, the release states.