The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play, a piece of theatrical entertainment staged for Christopher Sly, a poor drunkard who is tricked into thinking himself a lord - a man with all the comforts that money and wealth and privilege can offer: a sumptuous home, fine food and drink, obedient servants, a submissive wife who dotes on him, and his own poor band of actors who perform plays for his enjoyment. As a ramshackle, vaudeville Taming unfolds – complete with actor-produced music, sound effects, presentational backdrops and unforgiving footlights – Sly doses off. The cast of Shrew begins to slowly take over the "home" of their sleeping patron, and the love story between Kate and Petruchio - the hidden play inside the slapstick – comes into full focus. Hipgnosis' production of The Taming of the Shrew is a meditation on love, the theatrics it demands from us and creates in us, and what it means to be truly rich.
6/15/2007 at 8:00pm