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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Travel to a small English town in the late 1940s -- complete with the swinging music and dancing of the era -- where lusty Sir John Falstaff has just arrived short on funds and with the goal of seducing the wives of Windsor's two wealthiest citizens. But these "merry wives" see right through his plan and proceed to turn the tables on the rogue, bringing all kinds of chaos to town in the process. The Merry Wives of Windsor pays tribute to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and is Shakespeare's only play to deal with contemporary middle-class life. Learn More
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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.
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of the company's work, complemented by other dramatic works -- from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. CST's World's Stage Series brings international theatrical productions to Chicago, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions and classic musicals for all ages.