Saturday my mother and I went to the Stratford Festival again, this time to see The Taming of the Shrew. While I have 10 Things I Hate About You on video (yes, video) and have watched it so much that I can quote every single line from it, I’ve never read or seen the actual play. Very happy that has been remedied now, though.
I loved this production of the play. The costumes were GORGEOUS. The cast was (for the most part, but will get to that in a moment) brilliant. Even though our seats were not the best, we could hear and see everything perfectly. When the teens by us weren’t talking through the play, or the women behind us weren’t crinkling candy wrappers, that is. (Seriously, some people!)
The actors playing Katherina and Petruchio were fabulous. They were so funny, and had great chemistry. It was so much fun watching the two of them bantering between each other. The whole dialogue of the play was fabulous, and reminded me of why I love Shakespeare so much. It’s a great story, but you definitely have to keep in mind that things were very much different at that time period – especially when it comes to Katherina’s monologue at the end, about how a woman’s place is serving her husband… well, you get the picture.
There were two cast members that really bothered me. And surprise, surprise! They were also in Hamlet – in fact they were Hamlet and Ophelia themselves. I’m not sure if it was that reason, and I was completely prejudiced, but … they both quite got on my nerves. Their voices … grated. Urgh.
I have to say that I’m really surprised that I haven’t heard much about this production of the play. Heard lots about Hamlet, some about Caesar and Cleopatra, and a few of the others, but nothing about this one. Surprising considering how well done I thought it was. Highly enjoyable, and one of the best (in my opinion) productions I’ve ever seen at the Festival.