The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is renowned as Shakespeare’s most controversial play. It is a tale of mistaken identity, deception and complicated love triangles. The plot thickens as suitors of the fair Bianca convince a visiting stranger to marry her older sister Katherina in order to allow Bianca to be eligible to be wed. However, Katherina is not a willing participant in their plans.

Reversing the roles in this production brings a fresh perspective to an old yarn, allowing the audience to experience the story from alternative points of view.

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            See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

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            See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

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            See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

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            The Taming of the Shrew

            See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

            Location: McManus Stage

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                See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

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                The Taming of the Shrew

                See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

                Location: McManus Stage

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                The Taming of the Shrew

                See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2017/04/the-taming-of-the-shrew-3/ for details.

                Location: McManus Stage

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            Presented by Funeral Pyre Theatre and Squirrel Suit Productions

            Location: McManus Stage

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            2 thoughts on “The Taming of the Shrew”

            1. KevinHeslop, who is one of the city’s young poets-extraordinaire, is one of the two lead actors in this comedy by Shakespeare. The twist in this version is the reversal of gender roles, so that the men are all played by women actors and the women by men. Kevin plays Katherine, the older sister who is being married off to a very domineering young man, played by a female actor, Ashley Fage, who does it with gusto.

              Well, Kevin is certainly cut out for Shakespeare, as he has been soaking up the bard for years, not just the stories in the plays, but their poetry as well, the proper rhythm. He knows how it should be read, and it showed in his performance, which seemed to me to be the most natural-sounding of all the actors, even though he was playing a woman.

              The climax of the play was Kevin’s soliloquy, delivered so naturally, as if he (she) were just standing there thinking out loud, that all the people in the audience suddenly stopped their internal chatter and heard what he was saying. The guy sitting behind me stopped jiggling his leg and checking his cell phone, and the lovers in the back row no longer whispered to each other. Total silence. Kevin held the room spellbound. It was something to behold.

              I expect we’ll see him in Stratford soon.

              1. Rare to get a user-contributed review—thanks, Stanley! More please. 🙂

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