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Reduxion Theatre revisits lesser-known Shakespeare with 'Love's Labour's Lost'

The company will perform an updated version of The Bard's romantic comedy through March 2 at its Broadway Theater before taking the production on a tour of the Metropolitan Library System.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 20, 2013

The production's musical numbers also date to 1953 and include a French rendition of Oklahoma music icon Patti Page's ditty “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window” and a playfully sexed-up cover of The Four Lads' “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).” The latter was hard to get through in rehearsals without the cast cracking up, because Woods kept demanding the actors incorporate more male stripper moves.

“We built that ourselves out of scratch. She said, ‘I want some dancing stuff here,' and we just got worse and worse and worse,” Burleson said wryly.

Although Reduxion's production is set in 1953, it maintains the Bard's original language with all its cerebral jokes, elaborate insults and flowery declarations of love.

“I don't feel like I can take any more liberties with it as I would with a very popular show,” Woods said. “I did concern myself with making the show very accessible. ... I wanted to make sure that what I think Shakespeare was doing with the language, which was a bunch of zany craziness, translated onstage.”

The production bears a strong resemblance to a popular cinematic genre of the mid-20th century: the screwball comedy.

“It's got a very broad let's-have-fun mentality to it,” Burleson said. “Some people get scared by Shakespeare ... but it's a very easy story to follow and to really have fun with. I think that's why it's a good choice to take on the library tour.”

Reduxion will give free performances of “Love's Labour's Lost” at 1 p.m. Saturdays March 2-April 13 at different Metropolitan Library System locations. It is the company's third year to take a show to the libraries.

“It's such a casual come-and-go kind of environment that we try to cultivate because the whole point of the library shows is accessibility: accessible because it's free, accessible because it's a Saturday afternoon at your local library,” Woods said.

“We want people to be able to see Shakespeare and be able to experience the joy of it.”

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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