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The Taming of the Shrew Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 4 2009

Clever directors find ways around the misogyny when staging Shakespeare's dyspeptic romantic comedy--and, boy, is Nick Minas clever. Two conceits pay off handsomely in this Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre production. First, physical violence is established as the lingua franca of the play's world early on. Practically everyone swaps cheap shots, so the battles between Jenny Lamb's grunge-girl Kate and Jeremy van Meter's self-assured Petruchio feel almost dignified by comparison. And by leaving the theater's windows uncovered, Minas brings gritty Glenwood Avenue into the show, making Kate's rage and fear of public humiliation seem to unfold in real time as she reacts to passersby. A crackerjack supporting cast (especially Matthew Sherbach as a simpering Bianca) help make this one of the most satisfying takes on the material I've ever seen. --Kerry Reid

Price: $10-$20


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