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Month: May 2013

The Taming of the Shrew

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Thursday night, Paul and I saw the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. The production is mostly great (especially Kelly Kitchens as a tough biker chic Kate) and the rednecky, rural southern trailer park setting works extremely well. The down-n-dirty vibe fits the lowbrow material much better than the sumptuous period-look movie from 1967, which is the only time I had previously seen a treatment of the play. I didn’t particularly like the movie, when I saw it in high school, although I remember a spirited classroom debate about what Kate’s “Thy husband is thy lord” speech at the end really meant.

I did like this production. The underlying material is still troubling, but the actors do a great job of selling it, and they have a wonderful time with the broad physical comedy and dirty jokes. This story needs to be set in the kind of culture where people chuck cans of Pabst at each other, sometimes at request (Beer me!) and sometimes not.

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