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Answer by Joshua Engel, Director and actor, The Rude Mechanicals
Romeo and Juliet: Young people are stupid.
King Lear: Old people are stupid.
Taming of the Shrew: Don't listen to your wife.
Macbeth: REALLY don't listen to your wife.
Antony and Cleopatra: Pretending to be dead to make your lover sorry doesn't work.
Much Ado About Nothing: OK, sometimes it does.
Comedy of Errors: Basically a Three's Company plot, but with twins.
Othello: A Three's Company plot on a really, really bad day.
Cymbeline: What if Shakespeare had grown up in a trailer park?
Titus Andronicus: What if Shakespeare had been Quentin Tarantino?
Pericles: Uh... has it started yet?
Love's Labour's Lost: Wait... is that it? Is it over?
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Kiss my a**.
Two Gentlemen of Verona: Bros Before Hos.
Timon of Athens: Life sucks, then you bitch about it for an hour, then you die.
Hamlet: Life sucks, then you bitch about it for three hours, then you die.
Richard II: Prayer, contemplation, and virtue are the keys to a long, happy... ERK! Thud.
Henry IV, parts 1 and 2: Even a screw-up like you can grow up to be king. As long as you're the oldest son of the last king.
Henry V: Ain't it awesome to be English?
Henry VI, parts 1, 2, and 3: My daddy conquered France and all I got was... ERK! Thud.
Richard III: OK, this is getting too silly. Let's just clear everything out of the monarchy and start over.
King John: Remember the bad guy from Robin Hood? Let's make a play about him.
All's Well That Ends Well: Remember, girls can ALSO be creepy stalkers.
Merchant of Venice: Jews suck, except for that one really weird scene in the middle.
Twelfth Night: That teen comedy where the girl has to show her t**s at the end to prove she's a girl, except you usually don't get to see her t**s.
As You Like It: That other teen comedy with the girl pretending to be a guy. Still no t**s.
Julius Caesar: The greatest playwright in the English language and the only thing you're going to remember is in Latin.
Troilus and Cressida: It's like Troy, without the Trojan Horse or any of the other good parts.
Measure for Measure: Sex is bad.
Winter's Tale: If you stand really still, people will totally believe you're a statue.
Tempest: Marrying your first love is for wimps. Marry the first man you ever see. That'll work great.
Merry Wives of Windsor: Peter Griffin, Fred Flintstone, and Eric Cartman have been kind of funny for four hundred years.
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