THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED)
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
August, 1993

Those too sniffy to find The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) rib-tickling will be more at home with the Reduced Shakespeare Company's follow-up show. So is the company; they are more finely attuned here to which allusions need to be made. The mandatory PC references to the horrors of slavery and corporatism are neither obtrusive nor trivialised. The final film noir sequence spanning WWII to the present is dizzying; baby boomers will see their entire lives flash before their eyes.

Written for The Independent.

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