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Jobsite tackles "History'

It's a play that's been hundreds of years in the making.

The Complete History of America (Abridged), the latest offering from Tampa's Jobsite Theater, takes audiences on an irreverent ride that starts with the birth of the nation and runs up through current times.

It's the third Jobsite visit to the "Complete" series, written primarily by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. The first two installments, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Complete Word of God (Abridged) were among the most popular shows in the company's history.

The script is designed to be updated and localized, so director Katrina Stevenson and actors Shawn Paonessa, Jason Vaughan Evans and David Jenkins _ the team that brought us the previous productions _ have added plenty of material to the original, which premiered in the '90s. As Paonessa points out, without the updating, the most topical material would be Dan Quayle jokes.

The Complete History of America (Abridged) runs Friday through Jan. 23 in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sunday. $18.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045;

_ MARTY CLEAR, Times correspondent