Actor William Shatner might famously be known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, but who could forget his forays into writing and music? No, seriously, it’s hard to forget the latter, particularly when it falls under the spoken word category and seems to be confused as to whether it is a serious project or satire. Writers and directors Ben Stitler and Tim Wick explore Shatner’s multi-faceted talents (?) in their production, The Complete Work of William Shatner (Abridged).
The Minnesota Fringe Festival performance, starring Tim Uren, Duck Washington, and Windy Bowlsby, cleverly makes fun of Shatner’s multiple roles, presenting each as a character in the play. The story begins with “William Shatner,” as a student of Shakespeare, walking out of his dressing room to discover he is on a deserted planet with Captain Kirk. The two are soon joined by other characters Shatner has portrayed and conflicts ensue. Laden with pop culture references and impersonations, the humorous performance highlights one man’s diverse career and makes light of the triple-threat status so sought after by today’s celebrities. F 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) $15, $12 in advance or with Fringe button. —RO
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