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The Taming of the Shrew

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It's a shame that no adapter is credited for GroundUp Theatre's take on Shakespeare's famously misogynistic play, set here in a circus: the reworked script is the best thing about this short but often unfocused production. The roles are reversed in several of the "taming" scenes, with the pleasing result that taming is a two-way street for Kate and Petruchio. Less successful is the transformation of Kate's marriage-hungry little sister, Bianca, into a marriage-hungry brother, Biando. That might be the performance, however; overall the acting is sloppy and spasmodic. For every finely delivered character--Beth Wolf is winning as one of Biando's suitors--there are three more that barely rise to the level of mediocre high school work. --Jack Helbig a Sun 7/1, 5 PM, Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling, 773-764-9916. See chicagoreader.com for complete schedule. F

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