Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Reader's Guide for the Attention-Impaired by Reed Martin & Austine Tichenor is a 244-page hardcover published by Hyperion New York, 2006, stated first edition. The book has tight, unopened squared binding and crisp, clean pages. There is a stain on the front cover (not dust jacket). The dust jacket is price clipped and has some sticky residue on the cover.
From the Reduced Shakespeare Company--the theater troupe whose side-splitting production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was the longest-running comedy in London--comes an openly hysterical, yet surprisingly informative, guide to everything you always wanted to know about Shakespeare--but couldn't be bothered to ask.
Believe it or not, Shakespeare's plays were the summer blockbusters of his day--everyone loved them, from royalty to ragamuffins. The Reduced Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare to off his pedestal and puts the fun back into the work of the greatest playwright the world has ever known and teaches you something while they're at it.
In one slim volume, Reduced Shakespeare delivers the plays, the life, and the legend in twelve easy pieces. What's the theme of Hamlet? Poop or get off the pot. What's essential preparation for an evening of outside Shakespeare? Bring lots of coffee--and use the bathroom before the show. Liberally sprinkled with lists, definitions, quizzes, essential vocabulary, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company's trademark irreverence and wit, the "reduced" handbook will delight enthusiasts, skeptics, and fledgling fans alike.