The Complete History of America (Abridged)

Last night I laughed so much my stomach hurt. I was watching The Complete History of America (Abridged) at Jean’s Playhouse. This show covers over 50, 000 years of history in just 90 minutes. Wondering how that is possible? You will want to see it for yourself!

The show features three talented actors who work off each other to take on several famous characters throughout history. Gary DuBreuil, Joseph Freeman, and Josh Sticklin bring this show to life with their bubbly personalities and are a joy to watch. The audience meets Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, President Barack Obama, and more. The comedic timing is spot-on and the mood is a playful one for all ages.

Director Rey Lopez does a wonderful job featuring each actor’s strengths and abilities. Costumer Dulcie Walker is responsible for the extraordinary array of costumes, from feather headdresses to coonskin caps to suspenders and flapper skirts, that are pulled on- and quickly stripped off again- throughout the show. When walking into the theater, you immediately notice how much work went into the hand-painted timeline that stands on the stage as well as the numerous wooden flags that add to the patriotic theme of the show. I was amazed at the amount of props used; the precision of the set and the props went hand-in-hand and made the show very interesting to watch.

This is a high-energy show without a dull moment. It will keep you laughing the whole way through, and you will not only be entertained but educated as well! The show runs in repertoire with the upcoming Musical of Musicals from June 28th to July 28th. Tickets are $30 ($25 for seniors) and available at jeansplayhouse.com or(603) 745-2141. Jean’s Playhouse is located at 10 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

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