NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 4

To my mind, you can’t reduce Shakespeare enough, and with all the controversy over the proposed national history standards, the less of that we have to deal with, the better. So what could be more propitious than the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production of The Complete History of America (Abridged)? Let’s get these guys a grant. Events unfold quickly Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $22-25. (202) 544-7077. (Dave Nuttycombe)