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The Taming of the Shrew (1983)

The swaggering Petruchio agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

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John Allison

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Karen Austin ... Katherina
Franklyn Seales Franklyn Seales ... Petruchio
Bruce Davison ... Tranio
Larry Drake ... Baptista
Jeremy Lawrence ... Grumio
Kay E. Kuter ... Gremio
Nathan Adler Nathan Adler ... Biondello
John Hamelin John Hamelin ... Player #5
Kathryn Kates ... Player #4
Laurie Stevens Laurie Stevens ... Player #3
Lisa Cloud Lisa Cloud ... Citizens and Members of the Court
Gary Lamb ... Citizens and Members of the Court
Kenneth Lee Kenneth Lee ... Citizens and Members of the Court
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Berendt Charles Berendt ... Hortensio
Catherine Carr Catherine Carr ... Citizens and Members of the Court
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The swaggering Petruchio agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

La fierecilla domada See more »

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Bard Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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[first lines]
Grumio: Tranio, since for the great desire I had to see fair Padua, nursery of arts, I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy, the pleasant garden of great Italy.
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Shakespeare as a Soap Opera (or Just As He Would Have Liked It)
25 August 2006 | by Jason SherrySee all my reviews

People forget that Shakespeare was essentially a genre writer. Today he would more likely have been whipping out episodes of Mad About You or Another World than penning Merchant/Ivory pics.

So while this version's visual approach of being lit and edited like a soap opera may take some getting used to, the approach is not as much of a stretch as it might at first seem. Yes, at first glance, it's easy to dismiss the production values as cheesy, since the approach is so unlike what we have come to expect of televised and filmed Shakespeare. But ultimately the more "common" visuals help clarify the play's meaning.

And while the acting styles are a little uneven - the leads generally maintain a daytime soap sensibility grounded in realism while some supporting characters play with much more broad, theatrical strokes - the direction pushes the story forward at a breakneck pace. The constant movement imbues the bard's words with contemporary energy.

This is actually a great version to show high school students - the relationships are clear and identifiable, the language is kept intact but made accessible through the medium, and the fast paced direction will keeps interest high.


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