SportsCenter highlight package. Ever since plumbing the Bard’s entire corpus in the fast-paced stage comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company has specialized in this fine art of reduction, tackling everything from the histories of sports, Christmas, and Hollywood into breathless 90-minute displays of prop-laden slapstick, pop-cultural savvy, and verbal dexterity. The group’s latest national tour, The Complete History of America (Abridged), revisits the travels of Amerigo Vespucci to our military adventures in Iraq, promising “600 years of history in 6,000 seconds.” The indefatigable cast will explore topics such as the Lewis and Clark expeditions — with L&C as a wacky comedy duo — the assassination of President Lincoln, presented in Matrix-style follow-the-bullet slo-mo, and the untamed fauna of the Wild West, in a segment heavy on sound effects. There’s even a hilarious rewriting of the National Anthem for an era of political correctness. Tweedy history professors might wince at the tomfoolery, but the rest of us will find the show a winning reprieve from a divisive election season. The show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. Tickets cost $7 to $39. Call 954-201-6884 or visit baileyhall.org/events.
There’s plenty of money, and economic artistry, to be had in truncation. Hence condensing a thousand-page book into a two-hour film, or a three-hour baseball game into a