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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Opening Night: March 17, 2012

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Synopsis: Fresh from her triumphs with the tragedies of Othello and Macbeth starring John Douglas Thompson, Theatre for a New Audience's associate artistic director Arin Arbus turns to comedy. For Ms. Arbus, in The Taming of the Shrew, "Shakespeare depicts a rough world where everyone is out for themselves -- scheming, fooling and hiding beneath disguises. Kate and Petruchio are the only characters who see things as they are. The play is an intimate, brutal, hilarious negotiation between a husband and wife about the terms of their contract, about their respective roles and responsibilities. What's remarkable about their relationship is not that they fight, but that through their wars, they find love and mutual admiration. As Harold Bloom writes 'Kate and Petruchio...are clearly going to be the happiest married couple in Shakespeare.'"

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:

"The Wild West makes a suitable setting for the brawling romance at the center of “The Taming of the Shrew” in the Theater for a New Audience production at the Duke on 42nd Street. Transplanting Shakespeare comedies to the land of gunslingers and tumbleweeds has become something of a commonplace, it’s true, but this lively production, directed by Arin Arbus (who directed the excellent renditions of “Othello” and “Macbeth” for the same company), treads lightly on conceptual gimmickry and features a frisky dustup between Maggie Siff and Andy Grotelueschen as the pecking lovebirds Kate and Petruchio."

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NY POST REVIEW:

"Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” has such a bad rep that this new production’s program is full of scholarly quotes that basically say, hey, it’s really not as chauvinistic as everybody thinks it is!"

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ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW:

"The battle of the sexes is waged anew as "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare enjoys a fresh, robust off-Broadway presentation by Theatre for a New Audience at The Duke on 42nd Street."

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TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW:

"You’ve heard of torture porn? The Taming of the Shrew is torture rom-com. That is not an overstatement. In Shakespeare’s early farce, the swaggering Petruchio (Andy Grotelueschen) breaks the spirit of the headstrong Kate (Maggie Siff) with techniques that include starvation, brainwashing and sleep deprivation: Here is a war of the sexes to which the Geneva Conventions do not apply. By the end of the night, a forward young lady has become the willing slave of a backward man, and she lectures other women about female submission in a speech that could serve as the epigraph for a book about Stockholm syndrome."

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BACKSTAGE REVIEW:

"The final offering of the 2011–12 season by the ever-resourceful Theatre for a New Audience is Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," set in an American frontier town in the late 19th century. The enterprising director, Arin Arbus, has included the rarely seen "induction," which sets up a framework that has the drunken tinker, Christopher Sly, being treated to a performance of "Shrew," here given by a traveling theatrical troupe. This allows the show to begin with some broad comic strokes that seem perfectly in tune with Donyale Werle's wooden thrust setting and Michael Friedman's piano musical accompaniment, played with barroom brio by Jonathan Mastro. The way-out-West milieu lends itself easily to the knockabout elements of Shakespeare's comedy. Arbus and her cast have great fun in the early scenes in a style that is best described as rollicking."

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