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Pittsburgh Public Theater to host show

December 30, 2010
From staff reports

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Theater will host the Reduced Shakespeare Co. with the show, "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)."

Starring Reed Martin, Matt Rippy and Austin Tichenor, "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" will run for eight performances Jan. 4-9 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas describes Reduced Shakespeare Co. as a combination of "verbal dexterity and physical comedy."

Reduced Shakespeare Co. first appeared at Pittsburgh Public Theater in 1995. Since then, all six of their shows have been performed here, including "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," "The Complete History of America (abridged)," "The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)," "Completely Hollywood (abridged)," "All the Great Books (abridged)" and "The Millennium Musical."

In the new show, the actors portray broadcasters for the Reduced Shakespeare Co. Sports Network, who report from around the world about sporting events throughout history.

Alternating between anchor man, reporter and players, their subjects include baseball, cricket, golf, fight songs, coaches, female athletes, bullfighting and curling.

The audience will be called upon to help create the sport of the future and four audience members will join the actors onstage for the Olympic parade of nations.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 4-7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

Tickets are available for $40.75 to $60.75, and $15.75 for students and those age 26 and younger.

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