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2011
The Complete History of America (abridged)

From the Critics:

“…the production directed by Marin Shakes artistic director Robert Currier has a particularly sharp cast in Darren Bridgett, Cassidy Brown and Mick Mize….Mize is the hapless, earnest underdog, the self-described ‘moron with a dream’ doomed to sit at the kiddie table. Bridgett displays a sly, sardonic air and a mischievous streak a mile long, and Brown has a winning sense of incredulous dignity and a knack for priceless impersonations….

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Mark Robinson's set is basically an oversize changing screen with a large backdrop hung on it depicting a Revolutionary War battle with light sabers, Whoopi Goldberg as the Statue of Liberty, Bush and Cheney as Beavis and Butt-Head, et cetera.

Costumer Michael Berg decks the guys out in flag-print vests in the first half and various combinations of red, white or blue T-shirts and shorts in the second, with countless accoutrements to indicate particular characters or eras…



The best thing about a play like this is that it gives the performers tremendous freedom to ad lib — in fact some segments of the show demand it — and some of the riffs on flubs, missed cues and car alarms are funnier than the scripted material….
it's a rollicking, perfectly entertaining bit of theatrical fluff.”

– Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal
















“It was a beautiful night. The audience entered the theatre to Billie Cox's patriotic music and were greeted by an ingenious set by Mark Robinson--a large poster-board covering the stage showing images highlighting events from 1492, 1776, 1861, 1942, 1952, 1969 and 2011….

The Complete History of America (abridged) is a roller coaster ride taking us through the entire course of American history with brilliant comedic genius. As you can imagine, it is a wild ride with actors Darren Bridgett, Cassidy Brown and Mick Mize. The actors rely on accents, hats and wigs thrown on over patriotic clothes designed by Michael Berg, plastic vegetables, pasta and Super Soaker water guns (no matter where you sit you might get wet)….

The Complete History of America (abridged) requires the impeccable timing shown to advantage by the three talented actors. Robert Currier shows much imagination and style in his inventive direction.

If you are looking for an evening of good fun, The Complete History of America (abridged) is worth your time. This show received a standing ovation!”

– Flora Lynn Isaacson, For All Events

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