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A Noise Within at Historic Masonic Temple
3352 E Foothill Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107
626-356-3100
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 15 members
Review from Andrew A.
258 events 31 reviews

A Noise Within's usual excellent and fun Shakespeare!

reviewed Apr 22 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from aclassicsguy
47 events 26 reviews

As always, Noise Within does high-quality work. The setting was clever, the music and costumes great, and they really keep the story moving. Highly recommended.

reviewed Mar 06 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from CTK
13 events 7 reviews

The show was hilarious and fun for children and adults. The actors were good. This is one of the best Taming of the Shrew productions that I have seen. The only reason that I did not give it a four stars is because I'm just not a big...continued

reviewed May 07 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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