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About The Taming of the Shrew - Off Broadway

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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare starring Maggie Siff and Andy Grotelueschen. An intimate, brutal, hilarious negotiation between two strong-minded individuals, a husband and wife, about the terms of their contract. What's remarkable is not that they fight, but that through warring, they find love and mutual admiration and in doing so, create a new paradigm within their world. Fresh from her triumphs with the tragedies of Othello and Macbeth, Theatre for a New Audience’s associate artistic director Arin Arbus turns to comedy. Shakespeare depicts a rough world where everyone is out for themselves—scheming, deceiving and hiding beneath disguises. Forced to marry a brash young gold-digger so that her sweeter, younger sister may marry for love, the temperamental Katherine proves to be more than Petruchio bargained for. While Harold Bloom writes, “Kate and Petruchio…are clearly going to be the happiest married couple in Shakespeare,” others see the play as a simplistic story of female subordination. Arbus finds a hilarious and subtle tale of determination: two absurdly stubborn and whip-smart people lock horns because they are both bent on achieving satisfaction on their own terms.

"Kate and Petruchio... are clearly going to be the happiest married couple in Shakespeare." -Harold Bloom

These roles, when played by actors with chemistry, charm an audience utterly. Kate and Petrucuio are played by Maggie Siff (Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy) and Andy Grotelueschen (Cymbeline performed by Fiasco Theater). There's also a terrific score by Michael Friedman (co-artistic director of The Civilians and composer of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson).

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with an intermission

Age Recommendation: 13 and up


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