Been meaning to get into Shakespeare but just don't have the time? Then give Alex Lefeld and two of his friends 97 minutes this Friday or Saturday.

Been meaning to get into Shakespeare but just don't have the time? Then give Alex Lefeld and two of his friends 97 minutes this Friday or Saturday.

Lefeld, Brandon Boring and Sam Vestey will present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged," Friday and Saturday at MadLab. The adaptation covers all 37 of the Bard's plays and all 154 of his sonnets - although not, obviously, in their entirety.

"It's quick, witty, madcap fun," Lefeld said. "It's very prop- and costume-heavy, with no sets and no stage. The three actors are in close proximity to the audience, and there's a breaking of the fourth wall, lots of audience interaction."

Indeed, Lefeld said, the audience really helps make the show, which is written to be funny but also creates a comic atmosphere between the cast and crowd.

The script was originally conceived by a trio of founders of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and first performed at the 1987 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Lefeld said "Abridged" is a parody, but it's rendered lovingly.

"It uses real text from these works, with respect for the original material. There is, however, some purposeful misinterpretation," Lefeld said.