Teen Critic: The Taming of the Shrew

Selections from the Teen Critic reviews of The Taming of the Shrew.  The Teen Critic Program at Shakespeare Theatre Company allows high school students interested in theatre, journalism and/or critical writing the opportunity to learn how to view productions with a critical eye and write a savvy, persuasive theatre review. The Teen Critics attend each production, receive a press packet, preferred press seating and have the opportunity to meet with professional theatre critics from local newspapers before writing their own reviews. Mae …

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Finishing School Orientation (Extended): Susannah Compton

Throughout the run of The Taming of the Shrew, a dynamic lineup of special events will offer everyone a chance to live in the world of the production. Designed to look like the open-air markets of Padua and curated to appeal to savvy, contemporary customers, the Piazza d’Amore will host unique shopping, show-related discussions, special performances and culinary events. At the same time, Padua Finishing School will offer artistic workshops that encourage life-long learners to explore new things. The workshops …

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Stories Voiced: Michael Trottier

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Subscribe/Listen to STC’s podcasts on iTunes Subscribe/Listen to STC’s podcasts on SoundCloud In honor of the upcoming D.C. Pride weekend, STC employee Mike tells the story of how his senior thesis opened the doors for a very important conversation in this week’s installment of Stories Voiced.

Finishing School Orientation (Extended): Brenda Zhang

Throughout the run of The Taming of the Shrew, a dynamic lineup of special events will offer everyone a chance to live in the world of the production. Designed to look like the open-air markets of Padua and curated to appeal to savvy, contemporary customers, the Piazza d’Amore will host unique shopping, show-related discussions, special performances and culinary events. At the same time, Padua Finishing School will offer artistic workshops that encourage life-long learners to explore new things. The workshops …

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Stories Voiced: Austin

Subscribe/Listen to STC’s podcasts on iTunes Subscribe/Listen to STC’s podcasts on SoundCloud In this week’s Stories Voiced, STC’s Associate Director of Marketing Austin Auclair tells a story about the time when the police mistook him for a high-schooler—at 26 years old.

Drewmaturgy: Seasons Change

Drewmaturgy

Seasons’ Change Ahh, the season. So many events in our lives, as worker bees in the humdrum hivemind of the American regional theatre, revolve around the season. At almost every point in the year, in nonprofit offices around the country, there will be groups of theatre people getting coffee and discussing the season, arguing about the season, taking stands on the season. It is our salvation and our penance, our alpha and our omega, our sursum corda and our shalom. …

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Letter to our patrons: The Taming of the Shrew

Dear Friend, In my opinion, Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew as a genre comedy that just happened to involve the “taming” of a young wife. He was working from a pre-made plot, common at the time, and incorporating comic conventions that called for disguise and marital transaction. There was no need to be psychological about Kate’s conversion at the end of the play, or to provide Bianca and her suitors with realistic motives for their intrigues. But ever …

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Director’s Word: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

I am determined to look Kate’s last speech square in the eye. It is one of the most symmetrical, beautifully composed pieces of rhetoric in all of Shakespeare, and I have never seen it performed without irony or subtext. And it isn’t ironic. It is the sound of someone who is smooth, composed and gracefully iambic; not someone putting on a show. I also knew that, for me to honor that speech properly, it had to be with a male …

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The Taming of the Thing

by Gary Taylor When is a person a commodity? When is a human being a thing that can be bought, sold, owned, loaned, inventoried, marketed, discounted and (in cases of loss or depreciation) written off as a tax deduction? The Taming of the Shrew forces us to ask those questions, and many modern readers and spectators dislike the answers that the play offers. But when exactly did we become modern enough to be dissatisfied? Way back in 1897, George Bernard …

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