Shakespeare's Comedy The Taming of the Shrew at A Noise Within
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The last date listed for The Taming of the Shrew was Thursday May 7, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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This is an illuminating and extraordinary production of Taming of the Shrew! As fans of Shakespeare, having seen this play many times, we've never been so satisfied with an interpretation that makes the ending scene relevant for modern sensibilities. Noise Within has added depth to what has often been presented as broad comedy (although great humor abounds) - kudos to director Geoff Elliott. Allegra Fulton as Kate offers a fully-realized person of intelligence, vulnerability and triumphant tenacity. Steve Weingartner"s Petruchio is a perfect match with his keen perception beneath a blustering bravado. The final scene is a moving celebration of genuine partners, equals in transcendent love.
A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed repertory theatre company, begins the second half of its 2008-09 season with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a rough and raucous ride on the road to romance and one of the Bard’s most popular, high-spirited comedies. Directed by ANW Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director Geoff Elliott, the cast includes Allegra Fulton (Katherine), Steve Weingartner (Petruchio), Apollo Dukakis (Baptista), Alan Blumenfeld (Grumio) and Tom Fitzpatrick (Gremio), who garnered critical raves as Fagin in ANW’s Oliver Twist earlier this season.
“In many ways The Taming of the Shrew is a perfect play,” says Elliott. “It’s beautifully balanced with sometimes soaring imagery, a fast forward-moving energy, and deep and relevant substance concerning relationships between men and women.” He adds, “As controversial as the play has become over the years with regard to ‘the taming of Kate,’ I believe that it’s first and foremost a fun-loving comedy about two childish individuals who, over the course of the play, complete each other, mature, and fall truly and deeply in love.”
Elliott sets this production around Italy in the 1950’s. “Not only do I love the look of the period,” he says, “I also think that because this was a time in which the dust of the terrible WWII world upheaval was settling, people were once again turning their attention to marriage, love, family, and just plain having fun. It is also a wonderfully vibrant time musically. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin and other Italian crooners had arrived, and some of this musical style is being incorporated into the sound of the production.”
A Noise Within’s production of The Taming of the Shrew is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.