Shakespeare’s shrew, Katherine, a tomboyish independent woman who tears through men like a female Tasmanian Devil is the perfect transformation for the daughter of the town sheriff Baptista (Robert Currier). His oldest daughter, the sheriff is determined to marry Kate (Marcia Pizza) off before he gives away the hand of her very feminine sister Bianca (Laurie Keith). But is there a man wild enough to tame her or at least appreciate her six-gun-blazing, whip-cracking ways? Enter Petruchio (Paul Sulzman) to take on the challenge.
Much of Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted to other time periods and venues, but this is one of the smoothest and most fun adaptations I’ve ever seen. Apparently I’m not alone. Since Dunn first drew on this gun slinging version at College of Marin in 1970, the play has toured in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Santa Monica CA at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, at San Francisco’s Cannery Theatre, at Monterey Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego CA.
It’s amazing how well Shakespeare’s words flow when spoken with a cowboy twang. So wear your snakeskin boots with the spurs on and come on down to Marin Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre at Dominican University in San Rafael and prepare to have a stomping good time.
For tickets or more information call (415) 499-4488 or visit www.marinshakespeare.org.
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