Thursday, September 13, 2012
My Life at the Theater: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Saw this version in Stratford in 2003. We saw it with our kids about 1979.
Here is a review of the 2003 version.
There's no point in beating around the sagebrush. "The Taming of the Shrew" that opened Stratford's 51st season is one of the worst productions of the play in the festival's history. The Wild West setting is not the problem; rather it's how the setting is misused. Add to that sloppy direction and poor acting, and the show becomes one actively to avoid.
How do you like to see a review like that after spending $200 plus a B & B for the evening.
Taming is always difficult to pull off because it is so anti-feminist. I don't know why it is performed so often, in fact. Like the anti-semitism in MERCHANT, perhaps it is better left alone.