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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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Kirk Browning

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raye Birk ... Gremio
Earl Boen ... A Pedant
Ron Boussom Ron Boussom ... Grumio (as Ronald Boussom)
Barbara Dirickson Barbara Dirickson ... Sugarsop
Bobby Ellerbee Bobby Ellerbee ... The Haberdasher (as Bobby F. Ellerbee)
Harry Hamlin ... Mariamo
Rick Hamilton Rick Hamilton ... Tranio
Charles Hyman Charles Hyman ... Camellio
Daniel Kern Daniel Kern ... Biondello
Michael Keys Hall Michael Keys Hall ... Emilio
Deborah May ... A Widow
Fredi Olster Fredi Olster ... Katherina
William Paterson William Paterson ... Baptista
Stephen Schnetzer ... Lucentio (as Stephen St. Paul)
Sandra Shotwell 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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fierecilla domada See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Originally broadcast on Great Performances (1971). See more »

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Version of Impossible Catherine (1919) See more »

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Passing wonderful!
18 October 2002 | by kaaber-2See all my reviews

It is a great pleasure to review something you liked twenty years ago to find that it is actually better than you remembered it. Such is the case with this production of "Taming of the Shrew"

This is not only by far the most lively and good-natured version of the play I have ever seen on stage or film, but it also seems to be directed in accord with the commedia dell'arte tradition that has surely been very much on Shakespeare's mind when he wrote the play. There is a multitude of 'in-your-face' gags (the audience is never lured into the deceptive ruses of naturalistic theater, but are constantly made aware of their own presence) and scores of Italian 'lazzi' - stunts of every kind. We have a remarkably acrobatic duo in Kate (Fredi Olster) and Petrucchio (marc Singer), and their first scene together - where every piece of Shakespearean lewdness is brought out to us with a vengeance - is rewarded by a full minute of accolades from the delighted, live audience before which the production was filmed in 1976.

Of all in the cast I only knew Marc Singer, and remembered him only from a sci-fi series ("V"?) and a Harold Robbins series (Park Avenue 79?), but this is truly his claim to fame.

If you never see another Shakespeare play in your life, be sure to catch this one. After 25 years of searching in vain, it was finally brought to me by the miraculous combination of the internet and my visa card. Brave new world, indeed!


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