Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Shakespearean Comedy The Taming of the Shrew
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The last date listed for The Taming of the Shrew was Sunday June 6, 2010 / 6:00pm.
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The show was very good although the introductory scene includes a lesbian storyline supposedly to make this more modern - I felt it was too much to the left and with a lot of unnecessary profanity - this show is definitely not for the kids. Very Vaudeville and bawdy as expected - excellent acting by the cast and beautiful staging of renaissance Italy. very funny but again not everyone is into the lesbian storyline and I'm sure that was never Shakespeares intention.
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We see a lot of theater, New York, London, Toronto. The cast and production of this version of Taming of the Shrew were exceptional. The tie in with the feminist, out of control lead actress in "real life" (the play within the play) made for...continued
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) at Navy Pier closes the 2009/10 Subscription Series with The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s spark-filled comedy of an unconventional courtship. Returning to CST to direct the production is London’s Bush Theatre Artistic Director Josie Rourke following her celebrated production of _Twelfth Night _last season. Rourke has assembled a top-notch ensemble, including some of Chicago’s most highly regarded comedic actors and a world-class creative team for the production.
Fast moving, bawdy and full of wordplay, The Taming of the Shrew continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most popular, crowd-pleasing comedies. Fortune-seeking Petruchio arrives in Padua looking to marry into money. After hearing about the fiery Katharina, he sets his sights on taming her for her dowry. Her younger sister Bianca is eager for Katharina to be wed since her own marriage depends on her elder sister’s first taking place. Bianca is flooded with suitors, including the elderly, wealthy Gremio and a complete newcomer to Padua, Lucentio, who disguises himself as a tutor in order to secretly woo Bianca.
Unique to this production is the addition of a new prologue written by award-winning playwright Neil LaBute. The prologue replaces Shakespeare’s seldom-produced introduction to the story which is a short two-scene, play-within-a-play, in which a nobleman plays an elaborate practical joke on the town’s drunken tinker introducing some of the play’s themes and setting up the story for a troupe of actors to perform The Taming of the Shrew. Director Josie Rourke invited LaBute to re-imagine this prologue from a contemporary perspective, providing a twenty-first century lens through which to view the acting company’s performance of the story in its original sixteenth-century setting.