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When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 19 2012

Director Rachel Rockwell has cut Shakespeare's comedy down to about 90 minutes, and what results is a funnier, faster-paced, more romantic work. The tale of Petruchio's epic battle for the hand of the rich but notoriously disagreeable Katherina still drags a little—particularly when it comes to a subplot concerning Katherina's passive-aggressive sister, Bianca (ably played by Tiffany Yvonne Cox). Still, whenever Ericka Ratcliff is onstage as Katherina, this outdoor production soars. Ratcliff's Katherina is strong and difficult, smart and sexy, and so full of power and rage—both justified and not—that she becomes a force of nature. Matt Mueller's milder yet no-less-eccentric Petruchio makes a great romantic foil. He and the shrew actually seem to fall in love—and when they kiss, sparks fly. For specific performance dates, times, and locations regarding this traveling production, visit chicagoshakes.com/parks. —Jack Helbig

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