The Taming of the Shrew

Yesterday we went to see Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park. It was an amazing play. The beginning of the play starts with a drunken man named Christopher Sly, played by Jon Patrick O’ Brien, on the street and asleep and a lady finds him and decides to prank him. She brings him to her house to make him think he is a lord and puts on a play for him and it goes like this: 3 people want to marry Bianca, played by Sarah Jo Provost. Their names are Hortentio, played by Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Gremio, played by Jon Huffman, and Lucentio played by Zachary Burrell, but can’t until her older sister Kate, played by Abigail Bailey Maupin, is married. Hortentio and Gremio get Petruchio, played by Gregory Maupin, to marry Kate so Bianca can get married. Who will marry Bianca? And will Sly ever figure out who he really is?

One of our favorite characters was Petruchio because of the funny stuff he said like “It is the moon. No, it is the sun.” He did it because he wanted to pick an argument with Kate. Another favorite character was Biondello, played by Megan Massie, because she was funny and exaggerated a lot. It was funny when she interacted with her master, Lucentio.

One of our favorite scenes was the country house dinner because Petruchio did not let Kate eat anything because the meat was burned and he wanted everything to be perfect out of his perfect love. But he was really doing it to try to “tame her”. DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! We also liked the scene when there was a feast and all the husbands placed a bet on whose wife would come first. The reactions of the characters were really funny when the wife who came first was Kate.

We liked Petruchio’s costume during his wedding scene because he wore mismatched clothes like one laced shoe and one buckled shoe. Another favorite costume was the servant’s costume they were red with green yellow and red diamonds and they stood out a lot. This was a really cool play and we hope that you come see it. It will show tonight and then Tuesday through Sunday (June 23-28). It also will be in repertory July 19-25. Remember that Shakespeare in the Park is part of the Louisville Cultural Pass!

Turtle and Moose

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