Home / Events / Theater / The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

MITCH LILLIE
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and some Wednesdays; 2 pm Sundays through Aug. 4., Sunday August 04 | $20-$30.
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison St.
 
Wild women need to be tamed by their husbands. Whether or not Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew as a prescription, his comedy holds this misogynistic thesis as proven fact. In the 21st century, though, the play can be taken only as farce, which is precisely how Portland Shakespeare Project treats it in this production directed by Michael Mendelson. As if the cast’s well-timed winks and intentional overplaying weren’t enough, sarcasm drips from every line: It’s feminist comedy at its most hilarious. Katherina (Maureen Porter) is the eponymous shrew, the shrieking, icy elder sister of Bianca (Foss Curtis), who has two suitors but cannot marry until Katherina has found a husband. Taming is actually an extended frame tale, with a poor, drunken man being tricked into believing he’s a lord. This is how the production opens, with Matthew Kerrigan in drag as the new lord’s wife, making flamboyant remarks as he takes iPhone photos of the passed-out peasant and intermittently implores his play-husband to “shutteth the hell up.” The arrival of Hortensio (an unmistakably Belushi-like Sam Dinkowitz), one of Bianca’s suitors, continues the uncouth comic relief. Part Italian slimeball and part prodigal frat boy, Dinkowitz won’t say Bianca’s name unless it’s sung as if in a pop song, and his affected lisp alone could carry a standup routine. The supporting cast steals many moments, but it’s the polished performances and feminist touches of the leads, especially Porter, that give Taming its political depth and make it such a successful production. Letting all the venom drain out of her voice, Porter intones with a narrow brow, “I’m ashamed that women are so simple.”

Where: Artists Repertory Theatre
Phone: 241-1278
Address: 1515 SW Morrison St.
Website: http://portlandshakes.org/the-taming-of-the-shrew/

 
 
Other events in Theater

Daniel J. Levitin

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
You remembered to update your Tumblr page, but forgot to shower. You learned how to program your GPS, but forgot how to drive. Sound familiar? With an ever-increasing deluge of data in our lives ...
7:30 pm | Free
Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside St. Portland Web | Map

Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Hap Gallery continues its rather astonishing run of superb exhibitions with a group exhibition called Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home. Curated by Surface Design editor Marci Rae McDade, th ...
Hap Gallery 916 NW Flanders St. Portland Web | Map

Rita Robillard: Renewing Time, Caressing the Moment

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Rita Robillard grew up in Manhattan, so to her, Portland is a Mayberry-caliber small town. She sees our trend toward urban farming, with all its attendant gardens and chickens, as a wider movement tow ...
Augen DeSoto 716 NW Davis St. Web | Map
Also At Artists Repertory Theatre
There's no more events in Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close