Riverfront Playhouse to stage outdoor Reduced Shakespeare comedy

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is part of the merry season of outdoor Shakespeare productions.

With its free show, Riverfront Playhouse in downtown Aurora has comedy in mind.

“The idea that a trio of classically trained Shakespearean actors – and a spooky sock puppet – can actually manage to capture, in just over 60 minutes, the essence of everything ever written by the greatest playwright of all time, is just a little nuts,” a news release stated. “Particularly when you realize that the only one who is classically trained is the sock puppet.”

But amazingly, this send-up of all things Bard has been wowing audiences for over 30 years. Indeed, it has been a success for so long that the Riverfront Playhouse is doing the revised script by the original creators, Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Which means that even if you have seen it, perhaps you haven’t.

Tickets are absolutely free, but donations are always appreciated. Performances begin at 7 p.m. July 21, 27 and 28 outdoors at Mundy Park, 13 Water St. in downtown Aurora, just west of Route 25.

“So come see this wild tribute to the Bard, complete with classically trained sock puppets, completely convincing sword fights, overworked stage managers and more than a little silliness,” announced the theater.

To learn more about the troupe, visit riverfrontplayhouse.com.