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The Taming of the Shrew (1976)

San Francisco's A.C.T. company presents Shakespeare's classic take with a Commedia dell'Arte flair, as if it were a inn yard performance by a traveling company.

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Ron Boussom ...
Grumio (as Ronald Boussom)
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Bobby Ellerbee ...
The Haberdasher (as Bobby F. Ellerbee)
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Mariamo
Rick Hamilton ...
Tranio
Charles Hyman ...
Camellio
Daniel Kern ...
Biondello
Michael Keys Hall ...
Emilio
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A Widow
Fredi Olster ...
Katherina
William Paterson ...
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Lucentio (as Stephen St. Paul)
Sandra Shotwell ...
Bianca
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San Francisco's A.C.T. company presents Shakespeare's classic take with a Commedia dell'Arte flair, as if it were a inn yard performance by a traveling company.

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La fierecilla domada  »

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The definitive version of a Shakespeare classic
3 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This ACT version of "Taming of the Shrew" is very different from most of the overproduced movies made from Shakespeare plays--in this stage production, there are no huge set pieces or elaborate props. It's reduced to actors having fun with rich, descriptive language.

The trouble with a number of movies made from Shakespeare plays--say, Kenneth Branagh's schizoid, interminable "Hamlet" or Baz Luhrman's MTV-ized version of "Romeo and Juliet"--is that, being movies, they try to make the material more visual. They show, rather than tell, what is going on. As a result, Shakespeare's powerful descriptive passages are reduced, cut, or worse, blazed through as quickly as possible and shoved aside to make room for more eye candy.

There's no such difficulty here. This "Shrew" is almost performed on a bare stage, in commedia dell'arte style, with minimal accoutrements and some sound effects for laughs. Everything depends on Shakespeare's rich, inventive language, and the production is the better for it.


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