The Taming of the Shrew
|September 11 - October 6, 2013|
"If I be waspish, best beware my sting."
Sweet-tempered daddy's girl Bianca can have her pick of suitors—but not until her sister, the fiery-tongued Kate, is married off. Rising to the challenge is fortune-seeking Petruchio, but can he match Kate jab for jab? Set in the rootin'-tootin' Wild West, Shakespeare's most outrageous comedy bursts onto the Margeson Theater stage in a vibrant, high-energy battle of the sexes with a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play's surprising conclusion.
“It's fitting that the first Shakespeare play of the theater's 25th season shows off the depth of talent in the troupe.... Orlando Shakespeare Theater has set The Taming of the Shrew in the Wild West of the 1800s — and come up with a rootin' tootin' good time….And, yee-haw, what fun it is.” - Orlando Sentinel
“Delightfully fresh….Laughs abound….It's a wild, fun hoot of a ride with Orlando Shakespeare Theater's appealing production of The Taming of the Shrew." - Florida Today
“Taming of the Shrew was delightful and hysterical---Helsinger is a creative genius.” - Audience Comment
“Loved hearing the Bard's words in a Wild West accent- very much ramped up the humor of the play.” - Audience Comment
“The Taming of the Shrew was truly wonderful. I laughed and laughed, as did my wife. Blocking was well done and the choreography was fun to watch. Deanna was exceptional as was the female lead. Facial expressions fit each situation to a T.” - Dick Wilson, Audience Member
“You feel part of the production. The actors genuinely seem to be enjoying themselves and having fun putting on the performance.” - Audience Comment
“Great theater, if you think you don't like Shakespeare, give this a try. You may have a surprise in store - and it ain't all Shakespeare!” - Audience Comment
“Taming of the Shrew set in the old west was such a fantastic idea! I saw Shrew by Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, Oregon) this summer and your production was just as amazing!” - Audience Comment
“I was curious to see how mixing elements of the American Old West with a standard Shakespeare script would turned out. I was surprised. It worked. Very charming.” - Audience Comment
Starting 30 minutes before each performance of The Taming of the Shrew, an Orlando Shakes actor leads the audience through a discussion of the plot, themes, and major characters in the production.
Opening Night Party
Immediately following the premiere of each Signature Series production, you're invited to mix and mingle with members of the cast and creative teams in the lobby of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The party is free to all ticket holders. No RSVP neccessary.
The Taming of the Shrew is a bawdy romp with sexual innuendo that may be physicalized on stage. The play may be best suited for teenagers who are able to handle the suggestiveness inherent in Shakespeare's text.
We offer student matinees. Call the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 to learn more.