StageWorks to present comedy play 'Completely Hollywood (abridged)'
by Marie Nesmith
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Mike Davis, from left, Robert Trammell and John Walker rehearse a scene from “Completely Hollywood (abridged).”
Mike Davis, from left, Robert Trammell and John Walker rehearse a scene from “Completely Hollywood (abridged).” SPECIAL
StageWorks Inc. will showcase their comedic timing as the theater group presents “Completely Hollywood (abridged)” Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

“The reason we want to [present this production] is we did ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)’ at the beginning of the year and it went over really well,” said Will Brooks, director of “Completely Hollywood (abridged).” “It was really funny. It was hilarious. People loved it and ... this one is along the same vein. It’s really funny.

“We’ve got three actors playing multiple roles. There’s a thousand props and a hundred costume changes and it goes really fast. It’s fast and furious and funny and that was the reason we wanted to do it. They’re fun to put together and we get to put our own spin on it a little bit. That’s what the writers of these shows encourage the people that are [performing] them to do — is to take the material, you update it, you can twist it around, you can add things if you want to. So we’re able to put our own mark on it and add our own comedic stylings to it.”

Featuring three actors — Mike Davis, Robert Trammell and John Walker — “Completely Hollywood (abridged)” will highlight the history of films, from the silent era to recent productions, like “The Avengers.”

“We cover 186 movies in two acts in one way shape or form,” Brooks said. “Some of them are parodies. Some of them, there’s a line where the movie is mentioned. We cover these movies. We also cover the stereotypical tropes of a Hollywood movie. ... It’s kind of funny, in the first act you go over the 12 steps of what you need to include to make a good Hollywood movie, stereotypical things that you’d have to include. Then in act two, they take all those aspects ... and they act out their movie.”

For Trammell, the play is a fun production that he believes the audience will relate to.

“The hardest part about this whole production is you have to be quick-witted. A lot of it is not in the script,” Trammell said. “It’s all about how you present it. You have to think on your feet. It’s a lot of improv-type stuff.

“The funny thing is the only way to do that is when you have your audience. We’ve been practicing with just us. So the scary thing is you won’t know how the audience receives it until you do it in front of that specific audience and it’s going to change every night.”

To be performed Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., the play will be presented at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 Ga. State Route 20 in Cartersville. Tickets for general admission are $10. For more information, call 770-606-5763.