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"The Taming of the Shrew"
29 ratings
4.2 average rating
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5 reviews
4 stars
attended Apr 24 2010

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

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1 review
6 stars
attended Apr 22 2010

Badly directed, and terribly wrongheaded, this production was a huge blunder. LaBute's induction, replacing Shakespeare's was unnecessary and obvious. If you hate the play this much, why even present it?

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1 review
0 stars
attended Apr 23 2010

This was a super performance. All the characters were great and I loved the costumes. The 'extra' play was intriguing, too.

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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.