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The Bard goes bite-sized

5_austin_tichenor_and_adam_long_for Say the letters "RSC" almost anywhere in the English-speaking world -- well, anywhere that people care about theater -- and you immediately think of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

But say "RSC" in Miami between Nov. 26 and Jan. 18, and you'll be referring to a company that thinks funnier, shorter Shakespeare is a fine idea.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been in the business of getting fast-paced laughs at William Shakespeare's expense since 1981.  Its signature show -- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] -- is coming to the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, where members of the funny RSC will deliver a 97-minute show that makes at least passing reference to all 37 of the Bard's plays.  The Miami company will feature managing partners Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, plus Matt Rippy, Michael Faulkner and Mick Orfe.

The performance schedule, with some holiday variations, will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $45 and $50.  For information, visit the Arsht web site or call the box office at 305-949-6722.